On Monday, April 22nd, 40 Marshall High School students spent Earth Day sprucing up the Native Species Garden/ Urban Wildlife Habitat/Outdoor classrooms in the courtyard across from the library after school. In the raised veggies beds they planted tomatoes, peppers, and sunflowers raised from seed by senior, Ethan Cottle, in the hothouse he built in his basement.
Students will be planting some natives in the next week or two. In the garden behind the rock wall, planted last summer, are three different shrubs, each producing seeds/fruit appealing to native birds at a different time of year.
Studies show that outdoor learning delivers many benefits -- reducing stress, improving moods, boosting concentration, and increasing a student’s engagement at school.
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