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    • Como Park 347 Acres of Urban Bliss By Jennifer R. Edlund
    • Where is Como Park? Hamline University Como Park 384 Acres
    • Getting the Park Started
      • In 1872
        • 5 commissioners were appointed to purchase between 500 and 650 acres of land
        • Had to be within a convenient distance from down town St. Paul
      • In 1873
        • City of St. Paul attained 300 acres of land on the shores of Lake Como.
          • Land was originally used as farmland
          • Land was purchased with private money for $100,000.
          • Some people were upset that such valuable land was going to be ‘wasted’ as a park.
      • In 1887
        • Land had changed hands many times
        • Finally, it became a landscape park for “physical and moral sanitation”
    • Getting the Park Started
      • Late 1880’s
        • Victoria Water Platters
      • 1894
        • Gates Ajar
      • 1897
        • 3 deer were given as a gift.
        • These were the Como Zoo until 1900.
          • Then Elk, Fox and Cebu Cattle were added
      • In 1915
        • 2 ‘buffalo’ were added
          • gifts from Lt. Gov. Thomas Franklin
    • Early History
      • 1904
        • First Japanese Garden
      • Nov 7 th , 1915
        • Como Park Conservatory Opened
      • 1930’s
        • Trolley Car’s made it possible to easily access the park at this time.
          • That changed in the 1950 when GM purchased the Tracks and ripped them up.
        • 1 st major construction of the zoo.
        • 1936 fire place erected in honor of poet Joyce Kilmer
      Trees Trees Trees Trees
    • Trees by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
      • I think that I shall never see
      • A poem as lovely as a tree.
      • A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray; A tree that may in summer wear A nest of robins in her hair; Upon whose bosom snow has lain; Who intimately lives with rain. Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.
    • More Recent History
      • 1956
        • Archie Brand’s Seal Show Opened at Como Zoo
      • 1957
        • First Director of the Zoo arrived, John A. Fletcher
        • Had a limited budget of about $30,000 a year!
      • 1974
        • Como Park Conservatory was placed on the National Register of Historic Places
      • 1978
        • City of Nagasaki, Japan (St. Paul’s Sister City) gave a garden design as a gift.
        • Funds to build it were donated by the Ordway family.
        • completed in 1979 and renovated again in 1991
    • More Recent History
      • 1998
        • State Bonding passed $8,500,000 for Como Education Resource Center
      • 2005
        • Education Resource Center Opens
        • Victoria Water Platters return to the Park
      • 2006
        • New Tropical Encounters exhibit opened
      • 2008
        • Early April  Corpse flower bloomed
    • Restoring an urban forest Restoring local history Restoring a child’s sense off wonder Restoring connections to nature
    • Location of Como Woodland Horton Ave. Como Ave. Como Woodland
    • Project’s Goals
      • Improve native species diversity in woodland
      • Save historic features
      • Increase storm water retention
      • Improve student understanding of environmental science
      • Improve stewardship behaviors
      • Build 2,930 feet of trails
      • Put up 50 numbered posts that correspond with online lesson plans
      • Restore Joyce Kilmer Fireplace “Dutch Ovens” and adapted into a meeting place and story circle
      What are they going to do?
      • “ As an environmental education organization, the Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE) is committed to fostering environmental literacy and stewardship. Critical to our mission are the outdoor classroom spaces that offer urban K-12 students opportunities to study, explore and understand the natural world that supports human culture. The Como Woodland restoration project would offer a unique opportunity for students to not only study the natural world, but participate in bringing a natural system back to health through the best practices of service learning and place-based education.”
      Peggy Knapp Assistant Professor, Center for Global Environmental Education
    • For more information go to…
      • http://www.comowoodland.org
      • For more information about Como Park go to…
      • www.comozooconservatory.org
      • Check out…
      • Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival
      • (August 19 th )
      • Skiing at Como Park
      • (all winter)
      • Spring Flower Show
      • (late March –Late April)
      • Birth of Coffee Photo Exhibit
      • (March through Mid-May)
      • Party for the Planet
      • (April 19 th – April 22 nd )
    • Sources
      • Como Woodland ; www.comowoodland.org ; viewed April 12 th , 2008.
      • Como Park Zoo and Conservatory ; http:// www.comozooconservatory.org / ; Viewed April 12 th 2008.
      • Ramsey County Historical Society: Como Park Neighborhood ; http:// www.rchs.com/neighborhoods/como_neighborhood.htm , copyright 2005.
      • Minnesota Street Car Museum ; http://www.msmuseum.org/ ; Viewed April 16 th , 2008.