The Walled Lake Western High School Environmental Club, along with a team of Home Depot volunteers, have been busy this fall as they look to complete a garden and outdoor classroom project.
The garden will be located in a courtyard on the south side of the high school and will consist of a 40-foot-by-60-foot space.
The garden will offer educational opportunities for both scientists and artists.
It will provide a place to study various plant species, while also providing Western’s Art Department a natural spot to use as artistic inspiration.
“It seems like it would be a great way to introduce many of our students to the outdoors, native plants, native insects, and to enjoy the outdoors,” said Scott Terry, a teacher at Western who sponsors the Environmental Club.
Over the past several years, the club has raised funds for the project and secured a grant from Lowe’s, which has a grant program for funding outdoor study places.
The total cost of the project is estimated at around $4,000.
Meanwhile, Home Depot volunteers have been aiding in the actual building of the garden.
“Ms. (Kristin) White, our assistant principal, found the Home Depot Crew to do the building,” Terry said.
The garden project is expected to be completed before the winter.