2nd Place Winner
Learning Beyond the Classroom: The Wolf Trap National Park & Green Spring Gardens Extension Master Gardener Partnership
Green Spring Gardeners Extension Master Gardener Program
Fifth and sixth grade boys and girls from Title One schools join Boy Scout Troop 55 of the Virginia Boy Scouts to participate in “First Time Campers” at Wolf Trap National Park. First Time Campers is a collaborative partnership between Boy Scout Troop 55 of the Virginia Boy Scouts, Green Spring Gardens EMGs, and Friends of Wolf Trap, which is held in April and October each year. Its purpose is to give children an opportunity to enjoy an overnight camping experience that they might not otherwise experience. It includes several educational, outdoor “super activities” for approximately 75 campers. The EMG super activities are held in the Wolf Trap Woodland Garden, Wolf Trap National Park. They are developed and led by approximately 20 Green Spring Gardens EMGs. EMGs have used several different themes over the past two years, making capes which allow participants to experience the role a variety of pollinators play in nature, and developing flip books for participants to use in activities in the Woodland Garden then take home to use in their communities to identify pollinators, trees, and native plants. Participants work with a beekeeper, view bees storing honey, and try on equipment and clothes used by beekeepers. Goals of educational super activities are:
• Experience skills associated with nature in a Woodland Garden.
• Increase appreciation of plants and the natural world, and
• Inspire people to think and act in sustainable ways