Students already learning lessons in Lyndon’s new outdoor classroom

Students in Heather Fuller’s English III class, juniors at Lyndon High School, recently took a walk on the nearly completed Jones Park Trail in Lyndon. During the walk, the class met with Brad Loveless, right, of Westar’s Green Team, who gave an introduction to the trail project and surrounding wildlife and vegetation.

The class is studying a nature unit, which includes readings from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, William Cullen Bryant, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Robert Frost, Wendell Berry and Aldo Leopold. The unit will also include some community-based writing, which means they will be writing for the good of the public. They will cover topics such as appreciation of nature, planting trees, attracting wildlife, perennials and annuals.

During the Oct. 7 outing, Loveless also taught the class how to plant a tree. Westar has partnered with the city of Lyndon and USD 421 on the trail project, and plans to construct an outdoor classroom and wetlands adjacent to the trail.

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