• A new wildlife lab is planned in Danville

    July 25, 2011 No comments

    The Danville Town council waived a $200 permitting fee for a shelter house to be built at the middle school’s outdoor lab facility.

    Carol Woods, who retired from her position of teaching science at the middle school this year, established the outdoor lab – named Habitat And Wildlife for Kids also known as HAWK – through a $10,000 grant last year. Woods still volunteers two days a week as coordinator for the facility, which includes hiking trails and a sitting area.

    HAWK is a certified wetland. Woods says about 88 percent of all wetlands in Indiana have been destroyed.

    A $5,000 grant from the Lowe’s Toolbox initiative will pay for the shelter house. Woods says she already has a team in place to build it this summer. She requested the permit fee be waived so that she can use that money toward buying handheld sensing devices that measure dissolved oxygen levels in water for students.

    Woods also plans on installing gardens at the lab this fall, including a butterfly garden, prairie grass, wildflowers, and an untouched section to see what self-seeds.

     

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