A "Nature Burst" Celebration of Nature!

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Representatives from The Nature Conservancy and Cope Environmental Center presented the winner of the T-shirt design contest, Lillie, and her teacher Ms. Patterson with their shirts at Nature Burst.

Lillie, a student from Promise Road Elementary won the Children of Indiana Nature Park “Nature Inspires Me” T-shirt design contest and brought some nature excitement to her school. In September, Noblesville School students at Promise Road Elementary participated in a celebration of nature, called a Nature Burst! Nature came to the classroom as students learned about the importance of caring for our natural world so it can take care of us.

The students started by viewing a time-lapse video of flowers and trees budding and blooming, then considered that the earth provides them with air to breathe, water to drink, and soil to grow our food.  Next, a presentation about the Children of Indiana Nature Park led to a discussion of how nature is good for us, and why kids don’t spend much time outside.  Finally, the students were introduced to a box turtle, a salamander, a hissing cockroach, and a snake so that they could admire some of nature’s interesting creatures up close.

During this celebration of nature, over 700 students received their Nature IN-Deed and now have their very own special connection to nature – a personal place in the Children of Indiana Nature Park!  These students had nature brought to their classroom and received their gift of nature.

Thanks to Ms. Patterson, the art teacher for Promise Road Elementary who organized the Nature Burst Day, and Kaitlynn Blansett of Cope Environmental Center, for bringing the animals to introduce them to the kids.
To bring the natural world inside to your class, check out the Children of Indiana Nature Park’s Educational Resources to get started and connect your kids with nature today.