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Maharishi School funded for prairie project
by Eileen Elsinger

MSAE Grants Department    Translate This Article
20 November 2005

Maharishi Middle School science teacher, Barbara Hays, received a $1,920 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) in Washington, D.C. to teach students about the ecological relationships of prairie sites. Maharishi Middle School students also assisted in preparing and planting a local, one-acre reconstructed prairie site on the campus of Maharishi University of Management.

The project is part of an effort to help students learn to value and protect native prairie sites and also how such sites contribute to plant and animal biodiversity.

In addition to the funds from NFWF, the project also received $400 in funds from the Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education grant from Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes in Appleton, Wisconsin.

'These grants have added valuable hands-on experiences to our units on Iowa ecology,' said Ms. Hays. 'The students have experienced first-hand that only certain types of plants contribute to the preservation of native habitat.' Middle School students traveled to two restored and reconstructed prairie sites at Mt. Pleasant High School and to the 8,000-acre prairie site at the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge at Prairie City, Iowa.

Maharishi School collaborated on the prairie reconstruction project with Maharishi University of Management and Shawn Morrissey from the Jefferson County Conservation Board.

Seventy different kinds of prairie plants have been set and seeded at the campus site. The site is marked by an interpretive educational sign, which instructs the public about prairie ecology.

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