Dani’s Dreams Outdoor Education Center Comes in From the Rain

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Dani’s Dreams Outdoor Education Center moved indoors April 9 for the third Earth Day Dedication Event. With the spring thunderstorm, Zion Lutheran students and teachers made some quick adjustments and set up their demonstrations in the school’s hallways near where volunteers packed meals for Kids Against Hunger.

Girl Scout Troop 1170 presented the flag and led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance and Zion Lutheran School Principal Kristie Sombke opened the event with prayer.

At the learning centers, students uncovered artifacts, created chalk and butterfly pictures, magnets and sun catchers, planted seeds, checked the weather (it was a bit wet) and recorded the temperature. Students who also completed the Dani’s Dreams quiz received a handcrafted cross made from trees. Randy Caster from Hillcrest Tree Farms distributed Norway Spruce tree seedlings. All those attending cast their votes for the 2011 T-shirt design and essay contest for the fourth annual Dani’s Dreams Memorial Walk/Run Aug. 6 at New Palestine High School.

This year’s Earth Day event focused on the newly established Dani’s Dreams Community Garden. Area Scout troops and Zion students are adopting the four raised beds in the garden, planting vegetables for a harvest with a portion donated to local food banks. If you want to be a part of the Community Garden team and have knowledge and a green thumb to share, email Donna Griffin, dgriffins@netzero.com.

Dani’s Dreams Outdoor Education Center is open to all community and school groups for tours, field trips and other special events. Adopt one of the seven learning centers by making a donation of $100 or more and your name will be on that center’s sign. Donors who give $100 or more will also be placed on T-shirts for the Dani’s Dreams Memorial Walk/Run Aug. 6.

Come to Dani’s Dreams, take a walk, listen to the birds, breathe in the scent of flowers, delight in a butterfly. Bring your family or community groups of all ages to Dani’s Dreams to enjoy and celebrate God’s natural beauty that surrounds us.

To find out more, email dgriffins@netzero.com or call 894-0006 to schedule your visit.

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