Let's Go Outside . . .
Painted Lady photo by Doug Backlund, WildPhotosPhotography.com
School Groups in Pierre Help with the Garden
Many of the same classrooms have volunteered to grow annual plants for 2014. They include:
Pierre Indian Learning Center
Classrooms Grow Plants for the Garden in 2013
Wow - we have had a great response from the schools wanting to help with the garden. At last count, 28 classrooms (over 500 students) from Pierre and Fort Pierre schools have taken up the challenge to plant annual seeds (marigolds, zinnias, cosmos, and dill), watch them grow in the classroom, and then help plant them in the butterfly garden.
Elayna and Tanisha planting seeds.
The following classes are raising plants:
Buchanan Elementary School
Jefferson Elementary School
Saint Josephs Elementary School
McKinley Elementary School
Washington Elementary School
Oahe Child Development Center
If a photo of your class isn't below, it isn't because I didn't try, it was because I was often too busy helping students plant. I wish I had two more hands for the camera.
Monday, May 13, 2013
The students started planting the plants they grew in their classrooms. Some had success, some didn't, some plants could have used more time.
It wasn't helpful that the temperatures reached the 90s on Monday. All the plants received several drinks of water after being placed in the ground.
Amber Stout's class planting with help from some of their Moms. Thanks to all the Moms that helped.
Maggie Lindsey with the Stanley County Second Graders from Mrs. Gloe's class.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
It was still hot - in the 80s and quite windy. Hopefully no one got a picture of Charlie because the wind kept taking her hat, so she tied it on with a shoestring.
Mrs. Gilkerson's Second Graders from McKinley School brought some beautiful big and healthy plants.
Where is the Garden?
Oahe-Downstream Location Map
Fort Pierre, South Dakota
The Garden is located south of the parking lot by the Visitor Center. A large kiosk is at the edge of the trail.
This project was made possible with a grant from the USFWS Connecting People with Nature - Let's Get Outside fund.
An additional small grant came from the South Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society.
USFWS couldn't do this alone - many thanks go to the staff of South Dakota Game Fish & Parks for their participation during all aspects of the project -
The Activity Guide by Jen Fowler was made possible through the SDGFP Wildlife Division Small Grants Program.
Thanks go to the many students that participated in classroom activities to help grow plants and decorate the garden.
Thanks to Colleen Thompson for helping coordinate activities at the garden.
A big Thank You to all the volunteers who will help plant the perennials June 1 and 2.
Photos have been provided by:
Thanks to Gary Marrone for his inspiration to getting all of us interested in butterflies. Look for his book Field Guide to Butterflies of South Dakota, published in 2002.
Last updated: April 1, 2014