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White Oak ISD Nature Center Web Version


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Presentation completed for promotion of Nature Center during Homecoming 2009.

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White Oak ISD Nature Center Web Version

  1. 2. <ul><li>The Nature Center is a 22 acre section of land located behind the Primary building </li></ul><ul><li>It is currently very overgrown and undeveloped </li></ul><ul><li>It includes native plant and animal species, a spring fed creek, and a large forest area </li></ul>
  2. 3. Nature Center Area
  3. 9. <ul><li>The WOISD Nature Center will: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Offer students hands-on education in an environment that cannot be duplicated in a classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrate technology and nature to bring learning alive for students in grades K-12 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be accessible to the community and neighboring schools to promote outdoor learning and interaction with nature </li></ul></ul>
  4. 10. <ul><li>Coordinated through a steering committee comprised of educators and community members </li></ul><ul><li>Will be an ongoing project with development occurring in several phases </li></ul><ul><li>Will require time, labor, and monetary support to be completed </li></ul><ul><li>Phase I will be completed during the 2009/2010 school year </li></ul>
  5. 11. <ul><li>Survey of the Nature Center area </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation of the springs by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Dept. </li></ul><ul><li>Preliminary testing of the ground for pond construction </li></ul><ul><li>Established connections for support from the Texas Parks and Wildlife </li></ul>
  6. 12. <ul><li>Established resources for teacher training with Project Wild administrators </li></ul><ul><li>Obtained two grants-TX Parks and Wildlife for $50K and Eastman for $1K </li></ul><ul><li>Completion of wildflower garden development and planting </li></ul>
  7. 15. <ul><li>Development of Five Primary Work Stations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Water area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Erosion area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Animal habitat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plant life – natural </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plant life – garden </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Construction of a Student Pavilion </li></ul><ul><li>Purchase of a lockable tool/equipment building </li></ul>
  8. 16. <ul><li>Marking and clearing of work station areas; Community Work Day-10/24/2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Construction of work station areas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bridge over water area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trail development </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Procurement of monetary support for the pavilion, tool shed, and educational equipment </li></ul>
  9. 17. <ul><li>Future phases will include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wi-Fi connectivity in the Nature Center to utilize computer programs, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Labeled plants, trees, etc. throughout the Nature Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Amphitheatre area for presentations, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Benches, observation decks, and bird-watching areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water retention pond </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extension of trail system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstration forest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary studies </li></ul></ul>
  10. 18. Bridges Pavilion and Seating
  11. 19. Benches Entryway to Nature Center
  12. 20. Observation Decks Bird-Watching Area
  13. 21. Developed Trails Flora & Fauna Labels
  14. 22. <ul><li>Sign-up to help on the community work day (10/24/2009) at </li></ul><ul><li>Sign-up to serve on one or more of the Nature Center Development sub-committees at </li></ul><ul><li>Donate labor, equipment, materials, and/or monetary support for different needs and future phases </li></ul>