2012 – 2013 Riparian Biome Activity Station
Sawtooth Botanical Garden
What are the appropriate grade levels:
Is there a limit to the number of participants:
We can host up to 50 children.
Is there an opportunity for community service:
Is this a new or existing project:
This is a new project.
Estimated project cost:
The Sawtooth Botanical Garden (SBG) is a community resource showcasing native and cultivated plants that flourish at high altitude. The Garden connects people to the region’s unique beauty and fosters environmental stewardship through education, events, and displays and plant collections. SBG has received ,000 in funding from the Lightfoot Foundation toward the planned improvements to the Riparian Biome Garden. The Riparian Garden will cost approximately ,000 to complete, with constructed paths, adult and youth interpretive signage, and activity stations for hands on learning. We strongly believe that interactive learning opportunities for our visiting youth are an important component of our educational offerings. The more children understand our environment and actively experience it, the better stewards they will become as adults. Riparian areas are particularly important because they provide wildlife habitat and help filter contaminants before they reach the water supply, creating outstanding water quality in our Valley for all of us to enjoy. We are seeking a donation of ,229 to build an important component of the Riparian Garden plan. This donation will enable SBG to create an activity station for children to explore the creek that runs through the property. The activity station will consist of an enclosed wooden hutch for nets, aquatic invertebrate identifying cards, magnify glasses, and containers for children to get a closer look at their catch. Visiting children will enjoy finding insects, snails, and fish within the creek throughout the spring and summer. Additionally, each year approximately 1,000 school children visit our Riparian Garden during our spring Bug Zoo. The shed and the equipment will add valuable tools to use in carrying out our educational programming. This activity shed is also the most immediate need we have for kids’ educational programming at our Riparian Garden.
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