Monday, April 1, 2013

Earth Day Project - April 20

From Ellen:

We are all set for April 20 at the Morgantown Learning Academy.  We will not be seeding the open area but will make them a new outdoor classroom and do some trail clearing.  Bring what ever gardening tools you prefer (shovels, rakes, loppers, clippers, handsaws, etc.)  There are not any large trees to be tackled this time.  We also need to plan the construction of a creek crossing.

Bring something to drink - we will provide lunch, but if you do not eat pizza better bring lunch

Information about the Morgantown Learning Academy and their outdoor classroom:
MLA is a non-profit, non-denominational, private school for children from preschool to eighth grade located in Morgantown, West Virginia.  Beginning last year, MLA started an afterschool Mountain Mallard environmental education program, led by Jen-Osha Buysse, who is also the education coordinator for FODC.  The Mountain Mallard program is for 2nd through 8th graders and currently has 9 students in it and 5 alumni.  It is wildly successful and full of energetic and excited kids! I have included additional information below.

MLA has ten acres of property that, until now, has not been used by our kids.  The trail is very muddy and rough, which is fine for the Mountain Mallards (a group of 2nd - 4th graders who love the outdoors), but does not allow access by the rest of the kids at the school.  We have several areas on the trail that are in need of work.  Additionally, the 10 acres is full of invasive species, has several areas that are dangerously eroding, and currently has many areas that need beautifying...including our outdoor classroom that was devastated by MUB.

We would greatly appreciate the help of Master Naturalists to beautify areas around our school and to make these areas more accessible to our children.  The outdoor learning classroom in particular in a source of sadness now for the kids, and we are unable to use it.

Thank you!

Directions to the Morgantown Learning Academy:
From the Mileground (US-119 N), before reaching the intersection with the Pt Marion/Cheat Lake Rd, turn right onto Easton Mill Rd.  Go about 300 ft and then turn left onto Discovery Place and the MLA.  

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