Hands on learning awaits 180 fourth grade students who will visit Pioneer Trail Park on Mondays, September 14, 21, and 28 to explore and study, as well as write and draw in a journal about wildlife.
Students, spending the day outdoors, will be introduced to the scientific method of gathering and documenting data through art and writing in the age-old form of nature journaling. This day-long program is designed to stimulate life-long habits of observation, writing, and artistic expression, and to develop an appreciation for the landscape of our home.
The Bonifas Arts Center wants to grow this program with additional workshops for students for all elementary students and their families. Three weekend workshops will be offered through the fall, winter and spring dealing with birdhouse construction, wildlife sketching, and animal tracking. Next year the Bonifas hopes to add more fourth graders from nearby schools into this program and are seeking donations to match a grant from Plum Creek to make the additional workshops a success.
Steve Martin, Principal at the Escanaba Upper Elementary School, is excited to continue building the relationship between the Arts Center and the schools.
“For the past two years we have been very fortunate to partner with the Bonifas for the Fourth Grade Afield program,” he says. “It does an excellent job of combining art, science and history, and it gets the kids excited about learning.”
Currently, the Bonifas is looking for docents to assist with this year’s program. Interested individuals can learn more by contacting the Arts Center at 786-3833.