WADENA — Wadena-Deer Creek (WDC) first-grade classes visited the WDC Greenhouse this week and discovered what’s inside that “little plastic shed” on the middle/high school campus, WDC School District officials said.
As the first-graders bundled up in their winter wear and walked from the elementary school to the greenhouse, they were pleasantly surprised to find the little shed is warm and bright inside. This is a classroom without the walls where children learn about the world of plant life.
Greenhouse caretaker Ed Lewis welcomed the curious students and pointed to plants in neat rows in hanging planters and in raised beds, such as lettuce, radishes, beans, spinach and carrots that are popping through the rich, black soil.
While there, students got a chance to get their hands a little dirty too. Each student was given a small plastic container with a hole on the bottom for drainage. They add moist potting soil and a few marigold seeds. Lewis will look after the flower seedlings while they germinate and grow. Then in May, the first-graders will take their pot home as a special gift for their moms for Mother’s Day!
Lewis is busy with visitors this week. Besides the five sections of first-grade classes, fifth-grade students and teachers will be coming to the greenhouse as well.
“There’s nothing like being in a greenhouse in the middle winter, when the temperature outside is below zero,” Lewis said, adding, “The greenhouse is a living classroom. I really enjoy watching students get engaged in learning about plants.”
For more photos of this special outing, visit WDC Schools’ website at www.wdc2155.k12.mn.us <http://www.wdc2155.k12.mn.us/> and go to Wolverine News.