Gateway Gazette

Millarville’s ‘School Yard Naturalization Project’ Needs Your Help!

Millarville Community School has historically been associated with nature, outdoor education, and homesteading. We pride ourselves on our great Outdoor Pursuits Program, and value the learning experiences had outside. There is a large area on the west side of the school that goes mostly unused. Our goal is to transform this area into a no maintenance, natural outdoor classroom, suitable for all of our students, Kindergarden through Grade 8.

blueberriesItems of interest are: dry creek beds utilizing the rainwater from the school rooftop, food forest (edible plant species), insect and butterfly garden, plants native to Kananaskis, and areas for classes to sit.

We are hoping to have the ground work done before school breaks for the summer, and even some of the larger plants installed so they can establish themselves before fall. If you have any of these in your garden and are willing to split or transplant them, please contact Miss Olver.

A few of the plants to be incorporated in the design are:

Understory Trees

• Sea Buckthorn
• Cherry

Shrubs

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• Currants
• Gooseberry
• Raspberry
• Rosehip
• Highbush Cranberry
• Chokeberry

 

Herbaceous

• Hostas
• Mint
flowers• Ostrich Fern
• Bee Balm
• Day Lily
• Orach
• Borage
• Echinacea
• Yarrow
• Wild Onions
• Lupines

We would like to break ground in May and to do so will need help from the community. Of course we are very open to donations of all kinds: labor, knowledge, plants (split or new), and building materials. As the Permablitz day approaches we will be gathering items needed to make the day a success. We are hoping the community will be able to supply much of the smaller items we require, allowing any funding we secure to be used on items less easily donated. The following is a preliminary list of materials we will need:

FREE ITEMS

  • Cardboard to use as a biodegradable ‘landscaping fabric’ – big sheets or large furniture boxes
  • Compost – any compost you have been collecting and wish to donate
  • Large logs – for seating, must be too heavy to be easily moved by kids
  • Any Perennials listed above – plants that have been divided or are no longer needed, such as raspberry canes, day lilies, etc.

SMALL TICKET ITEMS

  • Seeds (Non-GMO), organic, native species
  • Any Perennials listed above – newly purchased plants we are unable to source for free

BIGGER TICKET ITEMS

  • 1 large water tank used to harvest water water tanks
  • PVC piping used for plumbing the water harvesting containers
  • Weeping Tile weeping tile
  • Top soil or loam soil
  • Small gravel to be used in the swales

If you have any questions regarding the project, please contact Miss Olver at (403) 938-7832 or by email at olvert@fsd38.ab.ca.

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