This spring, Sunshine Acre students were invited to return to The Field Museum for a backroom tour led by Jim Louderman, and also had some free time to explore the museum exhibits. The students enjoyed seeing the collection room with all the preserved specimens, and had a lot of questions for the scientists they met along the way. They also had a chance to meet the museum’s artist-in-residence, Peggy Macnamara, and admired her beautiful watercolor paintings. One of the students’ most memorable parts of the visit was having Jim’s box turtle, George Burns, wander around the room while they had lunch.
Another highlight this spring, though bittersweet, was saying farewell to the seniors at their graduation ceremony in May. This year, four students graduated and are moving forward into the adult world of jobs and living on their own. One of these graduates will be working with JDCF throughout the summer, so we are glad to stay in touch with him.
Looking forward to next school year, we are excited to expand our educational and stewardship focus to include forest ecology and management. In addition to continuing work on their adopted acre of prairie at Casper Bluff, students will be visiting Schurmeier Teaching Forest to learn about the forest environment, help maintain trails and bridges, and control invasive species.