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Posted on: September 19, 2018

Botany students transplant milkweed in outdoor classroom

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Another hands-on learning opportunity for Ray-Pec students!

Juniors and Seniors in the Ray-Pec High School Botany course (taught by Mike Roberts and Megan Walker) last week transplanted milkweed plants to the outdoor classroom just east of the pond.  

The seeds for these plants were planted by students in the spring 2018 Botany course. At the beginning of the summer, several student volunteers (Destany L'Heureux , Dalton McMillin, Jenna Forrester, and Zoey Norton) helped transplant the young plants into larger containers. Another student volunteer (Kylei Cornett) and local resident Doris Sherrick helped Teacher Mike Roberts water the milkweed plants over the summer to have them ready for the fall Botany students to transplant.

It is hoped that these milkweed plants become established in the planting area to attract summer resident Monarch  butterflies. The milkweed is the only plant that their caterpillars eat. Before this planting, there were fewer than a dozen milkweed plants at the outdoor classroom. 

Botany students will also plant seeds this winter in an area (approximately 1 acre) next to the milkweed garden in an effort to restore a pollinator-friendly prairie with a specific focus to provide various nectar sources for migrating Monarch butterflies. 

Incorporating real-world, hands-on learning opportunities is an important part of the District's Strategic Plan, under the focus area of Success Ready Students.

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