Eason Elementary teacher Ashley Ohmstede’s 5th grade students were so inspired by their field trip to Kuehn Conservation in the fall of 2017, they felt motivated to do more to help the environment. One student mentioned rehabilitating the neglected Nature Center outside of the school. The seed was planted!
In the summer of 2018, a group of students and families pitched in to pull weeds, cut back overgrowth, and clear the space. Ohmstede then applied for and was awarded a grant from the Waukee Community Schools Foundation to provide classroom seating in the space. Ohmstede and her students worked with an expert to build natural-type stadium seating in the Nature Center and purchased stone seating for a couple of small group areas. RJ Lawn & Landscape was happy to be part of the project, and even remarked at what an amazing transformation it is!
All classrooms at Eason will now be able to use the outdoor classroom for anything they can do inside: reading, writing, math, team building, morning meetings, social studies, and science! “The kids are so excited for this space!” Ohmstede said.