Younger grades will be assisting the Columbia Outdoor School replant the lake and restore reparians areas.
Executive Director Todd says this will produce habitat for birds, amphibians and other wildlife.
These students will also learn about the natural habitat, the value of wetlands and the concern around invasive species.
He explains the island will help to develop isolated habitat for wildlife, provide shade and shelter for fish and will help filter the lake, improving water quality.
Virtually every school in the Key City is coming out.
Hebert insists it’s important youth get out and understand their surroundings to get an appreciation for nature.
The longtime Columbia Outdoor School educator says in his outdoor education experience, now more than ever, it is important to get children out of the classroom.
Hebert applauds lothe education community for using place-based learning and inquiry-learning models to engage young students.
Landscape work continues at the park following the completion of nearly three million dollars in upgrades to the Idlewild dam.
The City of Cranbrook says recently completed upgrades include the paving of a trail on the south side of the lake, which will tie in with two handicap parking spots, and allow easier access to one of the fishing docks.
New outhouses on the south side of the lake are being installed. Construction of a new washroom facility in the playground area on the north side of the park is expected to start next month.
The City says staff will be removing the components of the old playground, with full removal scheduled to take place on Tuesday.
This will be in preparation for an exciting new playground feature that will be installed in early spring 2018.
Hebert and the Columbia Outdoor School are also spearheading the restoration of Joseph Creek.
Hebert suggests the School wants to hold its first ever “bio-blitz” next Spring.
– Columbia Outdoor School Executive Director Todd Hebert