Nurturing a new wildlife habitat has earned the Kendal Early Learning Center designation as an official WILD School Site.
Children, with assistance from their teachers and Kendal residents, have been tending to the site where the John Bartram Arboretum and the school are located.
Many species of wildlife are benefiting from the food, water, and shelter provided in the forms of tree plantings, wildflower gardens, bird feeders, and nest boxes for cavity dwelling species like bluebirds and gray squirrels.
On a recent sunny day with blue skies, preschool-aged children gathered at Center Pond. There Jamey Emmert of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife presented them with a WILD School Site certificate.
Emmert asked them what the difference was between pets and wild animals, and the hands went up. She explained the importance of caring and protecting wildlife as you would for your pet.
After the ceremony, the celebration began, with Emmert and colleague Ken Fey making fishing poles from sticks, fishing line, bobbers, and hooks. With bait attached, the excited children and teachers found spots around the pond to cast their lines.
The WILD School Sites program helps bring learning to life by connecting children to the outside world while teaching everyday subjects. Any educational property used by students, educators, and the local community as a place to learn about and benefit from wildlife and the environment can be certified.
Learn more at www.wildlifeohiodnr.gov.
Courtesy photos Ken Fey and Jamey Emmert of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife present young learners with a WILD School Site certificate.