Photos: Outdoor learning area takes shape in Goodhue
GOODHUE — An idea that came from a tweet has become a reality at Goodhue Public Schools.
Matt Halverson, a high school biology teacher, was browsing Twitter one day when he stumbled upon the idea of a school forest.
The Goodhue School forest will serve as an outdoor learning area, a place where in the months when classes want to be outside, they'll have a space for it.
On May 3, students planted 100 potted plants from the tree drive, along with 1,400 seedlings from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The school forest is located behind the football field near the school and pool.
Also serving as the school forest supervisor, Halverson coordinated a district tree drive where community members could have Goodhue students plant a tree on behalf of a family, individual, place of business or in memory of a loved one. Halverson said the tree drive went well, raising over $7,500.
The school forest also will include an apple orchard, which the school will hope to use for school lunches and to teach lessons on sustainability.
The support they've received from local businesses, parents, and the entire school district makes Halverson grateful, saying the forest will be a nice reward for students to enjoy after MCA testing this month.
Halverson hopes that when he retires from the district the forest will be fully grown and thriving.