Beginning in the fall of 2016, students at St. Jude of the Lake Catholic School will have a wonderful new opportunity to bring their classroom learning to life—literally!
Thanks to funding made possible through a STEM grant from the Minnesota Independent Schools Forum (MISF), St Jude of the Lake has developed a garden designed to attract and foster the development of Monarch butterflies. Implementing the garden as an outdoor classroom, St. Jude kindergarten through grade five students will now acquire hands-on experience as they study units of inquiry based on habitats, environmental change, life-cycles, and migration. Students at all grade levels will be challenged to use skills involving analysis, experimentation, recording and prediction. The anticipated result is learning that will be relevant, impacting, and lasting.
Additional partners in the project include the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab which has provided consultation as well as curriculum and Washington County master gardeners who worked with St. Jude staff and students to develop a garden environment designed to support monarch growth.