NATOMA STATION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GARDEN
By Jennie Lewis, Grants Committee Chair
The Folsom Garden Club (FGC) awarded a total of $7,623 in five Grants last budget year. The Grants Committee has now received final reports on the grant funded projects. Natoma Station Elementary School received a $1,248 grant to enhance the connection between the garden and the classrooms by involving the students in developing a butterfly conservatory and new fairy garden.
A butterfly habitat was developed by purchasing a used TV cabinet, which was used as a basis for the conservatory. The students modified and painted the cabinet, which now contains a garden in the bottom as well as the butterflies. Plants, soil and a large plastic bin were purchased and developed into a cabinet planter so that the butterflies would have a food source.
Caterpillars were also purchased and the students watched the chrysalis form and then lovely butterflies emerge. This project was so exciting for the students! They loved sitting and watching the chrysalis’s wiggle around as the caterpillars became comfortable in their new homes.
The grant funding supported the development of a fairy garden as well. A container, plants, gnomes, soil and rocks were purchased and assembled.
Eleven garden related books were purchased to give docents more opportunities to do projects in the classrooms. A few of the book titles include – “How Does a Caterpillar Become a Butterfly”, “Are you a Snail”, etc. Further, a watering cart and hose were purchased for the school garden.
Natoma Station Elementary says that they are so grateful for the FGC’s continued support of their school garden. The grant’s have provided our children, the entire school, and the community with the most amazing opportunities and experiences throughout the years.