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Mrs. Edwards from Grants Pass OR is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Bringing Children and Nature Together

Help me give my students feeders, houses, waterers, a water feature, and seed to attract wildlife to our outdoor classroom, and provide trail cameras so they can see the visitors that come when we are not there.

  • $981 goal

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My Students

My school is a rural elementary school in Southern Oregon, where many children come from low-income families, and all students receive free breakfast and lunch. Each year our students' academic abilities range from talented and gifted to struggling with basic skills in the areas of Math and/or Language Arts. Like all children, these students share a curiosity and enjoyment of the natural world. However, their contact with nature is often limited by busy schedules and a media-saturated culture.

My desire is to bring to life a nature trail and forested outdoor classroom area that was once a part of our school's campus.

My Project

Our school is nestled in the hills of rural Southern Oregon, and our campus includes an area of forested land with a nature trail and outdoor classroom that has not been used for years. I want to help restore, refurbish, and furnish this outdoor learning area for the students at my school, so that they can enjoy the benefits of a forest classroom.

Furnishing this learning area with bird feeders and seed, bird waterers, milkweed plants, a water feature, and a Mason bee house, will attract wildlife for student observation and learning; and installing night game cameras will expand observation and learning opportunities beyond the times when children are physically present.

Restoration of this resource is very timely at this point, as our district recently adopted the StemScopes science curriculum, and access to nature will enhance and enrich our students' science learning. Although I teach second grade, and have listed this project as focusing on PreK-2, these resources will also be available for grades 3-5 and the Life Skills class at our school.

Outdoor learning has been shown to contribute to the academic, emotional, and physical wellbeing of children. Many studies have indicated the value of outdoor education for our children.

Your contribution to this project will foster in our students an attitude of curiosity, respect, and enjoyment regarding the world of nature.

Mrs. Edwards
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Aquascape Aquatic Patio Pond, Container Water Garden, 32-Inch Round, Green Slate | 98856 • Amazon Business $272.77 1 $272.77
ENKEEO PH760 Trail Game Camera 16MP 1080P HD Hunting Camera 47pcs 850nm IR Night Vision IP56 Water Resistant with 0.2s Trigger Time 2.4" LCD Screen • Amazon Business $84.99 2 $169.98
Squirrel Buster Standard 5"x5"x21.5" (w/hanger) Wild Bird Feeder with 4 Metal Perches, 1.3lb Seed Capacity • Amazon Business $33.99 2 $67.98
Jovitec 8 Pieces Page Magnifiers 6X Magnification Handheld Magnifying Glasses Plastic Portable Reading Magnifiers for Senior and Kids • Amazon Business $12.99 5 $64.95
Bird House - Bluebird, Finch, Wren, Chickadee, Tree Swallow Bird, Wild Birds, Even a Woody Woodpecker House. Made in USA from All Natural Western Red Cedar. Add some life to your yard today! • Amazon Business $26.95 2 $53.90
Wagner's 62059 Greatest Variety Blend, 16-Pound Bag • Amazon Business $19.98 2 $39.96
Perky-Pet Mason Jar Wild Bird Waterer 783 • Amazon Business $16.37 2 $32.74
Ashman Premium Bird Feeding Station Kit, 22" Wide x 92" Tall (82" above ground height), A Multi Feeder Hanging Kit and Bird Bath For Attracting Wild Birds • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Welliver Outdoors Standard Mason Bee House • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Aquascape 98930 Beneficial Bacteria Bubble Tabs for Pond and Water Features, 72-Count • Amazon Business $19.98 1 $19.98
Showy Milkweed Seed Balls for Fall Planting (Asclepias speciosa) (50) • Amazon Business $19.64 1 $19.64

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