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FRANKLIN CENTER OF BEAVER COUNTY INC's Fundraiser:

Outdoor Classroom

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December 22, 2011

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THE STORY:

Franklin Center proposes to turn an existing empty lot which it owns, and which is adjacent to its classroom building, into an outdoor classroom which can be utilized by its summer programs, but also by the community’s schools and citizens who wish to learn horticultural and environmental science concepts. The community also holds an art and music festival in September and the classroom will also be used as an outdoor exhibition and performance space.

Planned methods by which Franklin Center proposes to meet its goal of providing an outdoor classroom space include:
• Construction of an outdoor lecture space with convertible desk benches;
• Construction of learning stations which will focus on shade gardens, vegetable and herb gardening, perennials, native plants, composting, weather, and birds and butterflies;
• Construction of a greenhouse where plants can be grown for the town’s other green spaces.

The outdoor lecture space will provide a space where students can share, discuss, and reflect on concepts which have been presented to them in the indoor and outdoor classrooms. The space will include desks which can be converted into benches when students are not present.

The first learning station will focus on shade gardening and will be located at either side of the lecture space. Other plant related learning stations will focus on native plants, perennials, and vegetable and herb gardens. Students will learn about nutrition, plant growth cycles, and plant care.

The second learning station will focus on weather. Students will learn about climatic conditions and their impact on the environment, and will observe and record fluctuations in lunar phases, rainfall, daylight hours, temperature, and wind speed.

The third learning station will include a greenhouse and compost bin where students can grow annuals and vegetables which can be planted in the town’s proposed park and additional green spaces.

The final learning station will be the bird and butterfly garden. Students will erect bird and butterfly houses and will plant plants and shrubs favored by these animals. Students will maintain these structures and learn about their life cycles, migration habits, feeding habits, and stages of growth.

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