Jacksonville Country Day School has been chosen as a grant winner of the Florida Wildflower Foundation’s 2017 Seedlings for Schools program. In September, JCDS will plant a wildflower garden as part of a new Outdoor LearningScape at the school. An assortment of 12-15 native wildflowers will be chosen specifically for the school’s northeast region of Florida.
Kindergarten teacher Rose Ennis wrote the grant, with help from administrators Christy Maurer, Tonya Elstein, and Rebecca Schwam. “This grant will help increase our student’s awareness of North Florida’s unique plant life,” Director of Education Tonya Elstein said.
“We can’t wait to see the flowers bloom this fall,” Curriculum Coordinator Christy Maurer said. “The grant dovetails with our focus on learning from nature and the Outdoor LearningScape that is being built on our campus this summer.”
The grant will offer students more nature to explore on the school’s campus and promote outdoor learning experiences for students. Through school gardens, according to the Florida Wildflower Foundation,“Students can become active participants and gain an understanding of plant and animal life cycles, ecosystems and appreciation of nature.”
The wildflower garden at JCDS will provide hands-on learning about biology, conservation, weather, ecosystems, natural history, insects, and wildlife. It will also offer a deeper connection with nature for students.