QHS Senior with 7th grade Life Science students on Learning Landscape

When Quincy High School senior Madison Leathers moved to Quincy in the 6th grade, she was introduced to a love of outdoor learning through the award-winning 6th Grade Watershed Program. It was unlike anything she had experienced. As a junior, she wanted to give back, and so she served as an Outdoor Education Leader with the program last year. 

This year, Madison is dedicating her senior project to enhance outdoor learning for kids and the community on her school's outdoor classroom, the Leonhardt Ranch Learning Landscape

Madison is working with her project mentor, FRLT's Learning Landscapes Coordinator Rob Wade to create six interpretive nature signs along the trail of the 46 acre property.

Rather than using generic artwork off the internet, Madison decided she wanted to include the artwork of local students, to help with their learning and sense of connection to this place. So she's working with Mr. Logan's 7th grade Life Science students to create the artwork in their field journals, which will then be adapted for the signs.

Listen to Madison describe her project here:

Along with the artwork, Madison plans to include historical background as well as information about key wildlife species and their habitats. She says she's learning a lot through the project, and is happy that the 7th graders are too.

I asked this thoughtful young woman what inspired her to do this project, and here's what she had to say. (Note: The brief intro sounds the same, but Madison answers a different question).

Madison hopes that people like what she does and that the community enjoys walking and learning about all the land offers. She hopes to instill an appreciation of this very special place in other students, the community, and her future children.

We think it's a wonderful legacy, Madison. Thank you!

Madison's project complements the senior project of another QHS senior, Theresa Caporale, who is working with Rob Wade to create interpretive signs for the Q Hill trail. The signs are being created by EnviroSigns with generous support from a local donor.

Learn more about Learning Landscapes and how you can help children connect to nature here.

Friday, January 23, 2015