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How about planting some perennials? Research what wildflowers grow in the
area, or Day lilies are great, divide easily so each student has a tuber, and
the planning process could be done on paper, like mapping. Ask students to
have their gardening parents "donate" separations from their home gardens.
Spring is a good time for this, Hasta lilies, for example. Different types of
benches could be designed, basically consisting of two large cut logs with
wooden planks, nailed together by older students. A contest for the best
designs done in class, then groups working on the selected entries. Are there
ducks at this pond? Some type of "duck house" perhaps. I have seen them as
simple boxes but you could elaborate, make doors and windows or paint it, put
a sign with your school name on it...geee, can you tell that I wish I had a
pond project at my school? What about frogs? Make an area to catch the
tadpoles, make signs designating "Tadpole Re-Entry Area" or some such, where
the best locations are for catching and releasing, or maybe for the really
muddy area a "Caution...Quicksand Area!" sign. I better stop now.
HOpe this helps,