Calera Elementary School Outdoor Classroom Receives Certifications

PresentationCalera Elementary School has been recognized as the first Shelby County School to be certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat.  The school were also certified by the Alabama Wildlife Federation as a Certified Alabama Outdoor Classroom.

The Outdoor Classroom project started nine years ago by Shawn Nash, a Physical Education teacher at CES. After receiving a grant, Nash constructed and planted a large vegetable garden with the help of her students.  Her next project was a beautiful butterfly garden with walking paths and a reading bench.

Frank Stronge, a second grade teacher, joined with Nash last year and together they added a water garden with fish and tadpoles, raised beds for herbs and sunflowers, and created three other garden areas.  The outdoor classroom also has a greenhouse designated for cacti and succulents, a compost bin, nesting boxes, and several bird feeders.

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