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Coosa County 4-H announces the Educational Enrichment Garden Project
Special to the News
Coosa County 4-H is excited to be revamping the yard at the 4-H Clubhouse, thanks to a grant from the Coosa Valley RC&D Council.
The Educational Enrichment Garden Project will create experiential learning opportunities in gardening activities, including interactive learning stations and wildlife and nature observations.
Planned projects include butterfly and pollinator gardens, new raised garden beds, a bird sanctuary area, rain barrels to catch water for the new flowerbeds, a tree ID trail, and observation kits for the youth to explore the many bugs and birds that will occupy the garden stations.
The mission of the Educational Enrichment Garden Project parallels the mission of 4-H: to offer hands-on, minds-on learning opportunities that develop the head, hearts, hands, and health of the students of Central Elementary and the members of the Coosa County 4-H programs.
“It is our desire that the students will grow in their love of the outdoors as they grow into responsible, service-minded citizens,” said Janet Lovelady, 4-H Foundation Regional Extension agent.
The Coosa County 4-H Educational Enrichment Garden Project is a partnership among Coosa County 4-H, Coosa County Cooperative Extension, Coosa County Board of Education, Central Elementary, and Central High School.
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Master Gardener program and the Coosa County Forestry Planning Committee also support the project.
The Coosa County 4-H Youth Council is helping with the project as a service-learning opportunity.
Members of the community are invited to be a part, as well, and can do this by donating plants for the flowerbeds or by volunteering on project workdays. The workdays are planned for Friday, April 23, and Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Alabama 4-H is the youth outreach program of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System through Alabama A&M University and Auburn University.
For more information about this and other 4-H programs, please contact the Coosa County Extension Office at 256-377-4713.
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Everyone is welcome!