Nature Lady Program of Barrington introduces District 220 2nd graders to the Prairie

Citizens for Conservation , The Talk in 60010
September 14, 2016

Have you heard the squeals and delight emanating from students on the prairie in Barrington Hills?

For the first few weeks of September over 570 second grade students from all Barrington District 220 elementary schools visited Citizens For Conservation’s Grigsby Prairie in Barrington Hills.

This lovely outdoor setting provides over 48 acres of restored prairie and is a wonderful outdoor nature classroom. Students learn about seed dispersal mechanisms in their classrooms and continue their learning out in the field. They walk the prairie with the nature lady volunteers learning about the variety of prairie forbs and grasses. Additionally, with direction from their teachers, they create scientific drawings of bees.

This immersion into the prairie allows the students to experience a restored Illinois prairie similar to what we would have seen in pre-settlement times. Barrington schools are fortunate to be surrounded by a wealth of natural areas and to have such an enthusiastic group of parent volunteers who provide such wonderful supplemental environmental education for our area students.

Since 1975, Nature Ladies (parent volunteers) have been educating our elementary students about nature and animals that are indigenous to our beautiful Barrington Area Community. This program is possible through the generous support of The Garden Club and Little Garden Club of Barrington.