Summer time for me means more outdoors but, in my case it is outdoors work! Yard and pool both keep me tied down like a calf on a date with a branding iron! And I enjoy it about that much as well !
Now, my wife is the one that loves the yard work and making all the plants and flowers grow to beautiful maturity is a passion of hers.If you have a wife like that, she may be interested in the Alabama Wildlife Federation’s upcoming Hydrangea Presentations coming to Lanark here in Beautiful Millbrook!
Hydrangea Presentations at the Alabama Nature Center June 1
The Alabama Nature Center in Millbrook will be open to the general public on June 1, and a special “Hydrangea Fest” educational program will be on the agenda. Discover more about the unique, natural history of these floral beauties. Learn how to grow, prune, root and dry the flowers for crafts during the hydrangea demonstrations. Bring your hydrangea gardening questions for expert advice! After hearing about the hydrangeas, enjoy a guided walking tour of the hydrangeas beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Lanark Gardens will also have a plant sale Saturday with proceeds benefiting the gardens at the Alabama Wildlife Federation. A limited amount of dried Hydrangeas and Hydrangea wreaths will be for sale.
Schedule of events
9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. – “Let’s talk about Hydrangeas” by Maria Pacheco-West, Lanark Grounds Specialist
8:00 A.M.-12:00 NOON – Plant sale: Lanark plants with the proceeds benefitting the gardens (Hydrangeas will be for sale along with other Lanark plants.)
10:30 A.M. – A guided tour to see the Hydrangeas.
All visitors of the Alabama Nature Center must check in at the Pavilion Outpost located inside the Lanark Pavilion before hiking on the trails or attending programming. General Admission is $4 per person/per day for adults, $2 per person/per day for ages 4 to 12, and children under 3 are free. The Alabama Nature Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
The Alabama Nature Center, a hands-on outdoor education facility located at Lanark in Millbrook, Alabama, is a joint project of the Alabama Wildlife Federation and benefactors Isabel and Wiley Hill. The Lanark property, State Headquarters for the Alabama Wildlife Federation, contains 350 acres of striking forests, fields, streams, wetlands and ponds that are traversed by five miles of trails and boardwalks including a tree top viewing platform. The Alabama Nature Center hosts a variety of outdoor education programs including Lanark Field Days events for youth and school groups, Expedition Lanark Summer Day Camp for children aged 5 – 15, and monthly weekend events for the general public. For more information about the Alabama Nature Center and the Alabama Wildlife Federation, call 334-285-4550 or visit www.alabamawildlife.org.
AWF is a great organization we are blessed to have in The River Region and that are doing a great job educating our children about being good stewards of our natural resources! Check out this recent work at Prattville Primary School!
Prattville Primary Outdoor Classroom Certification
Prattville Primary School is the first school in Prattville to be a part of the prestigious group of schools across the state to become Alabama Outdoor Classroom certified. This has been a two-year process but the finish product is well worth the wait. There are close to three hundred schools in fifty-seven counties enrolled in the Outdoor Classroom and to date forty schools have achieved certified status.
Prattville Primary’s outdoor classroom is an exceptional example of how combining gardens, root grow boxes, bird houses, a pond—and topping it off with murals painted by the kids—allows them to form a connection and respect for the outdoors. Second grader, Jadyn Seamon was excited about what she was a part of and said how pretty it was and couldn’t wait to watch it grow. There has been a dramatic change from a sand pathway to dreaming, planning, great sponsorship and hard work leading to volunteers working together alongside the youth to create this space to make learning fun. Prattville Primary School’s Principal Jim Abraham said, “This is a great educational opportunity for the kids where they will have the opportunity to not just read about science but to see it and touch it. It is a good day for all of our kids and kids to come.”
The Alabama Outdoor Classroom program is a project of the Alabama Wildlife Federation and offers on-site help and support to teachers, administrators and students who wish to create a sustainable wildlife habitat on their school’s grounds. To learn more about the Alabama Outdoor Classroom Certification program, visit alabamawildlife.org/classrooms. If you think this is some great experiences and you want to give your kids a great outdoors summer, contact Marla- firstname.lastname@example.org and sign your kids up for the great slate of summer events at Lanark and the AWF!
Another great organization here in Central Alabama for us “Big Kids” is the Alabama Black Belt Adventures organization and they are STACKED with some great summer fun events for the outdoors across our area. Check out the winners of this past season’s turkey hunting photo contest, the World’s WIDEST YARDSALE http://widestyardsale.com/ a great street festival in Selma including the Billy Atchison Memorial Catfish Fry. (Billy was a good friend) White water rafting on the Chattahoochie and much more is listed here; http://www.alabamablackbeltadventures.org/
More next week…. including a turkey picture you will NOT believe!!
Enjoy Summer, go dig some dirt!
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