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Lesson Plans

A&E: Moose Marsh

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Mary Sheridan (sheridan.23)
Tue, 21 Oct 1997 21:51:42 -0400 (EDT)

Hello Lynn and Ron! (and all)

I went walking around Moose Marsh at Pickerington Elementary the other day
and thought you might like an update on the condition of the place and the
various pieces of sculpture installed at the Art & Ecology Colloquium
during the summer of 1996. The place is wonderfully restored, with an
incredible regrowth of vegetation circling the edge. ( After two years,
the maintenance crew finally quite mowing around the basin's edge!) There
is very little evidence of a takeover of canary grass - instead a wonderful
flowered, bushy plant seems to be the most abundant (the name of which has
stumped the children who have tried to identify it), seconded by the
cattails that began with those few clumps from the ditch at the edge of the
parking lot planted in the cool mud that wonderful, warm day in May. The
pink willows from Montana are thriving, too, nestled behind the cattails
that have gone to fluffy seed.

The water level is down. Many of the waterlilies, gently transferred by
bulb from Pickerington Ponds by the kindergarteners, are grounded with the
receding water line. But for the first time since the water came, we can
see the rock that was uncovered with the sculpting of the land. Together
we placed the large stump upon it so that the turtles might feel the warmth
of the sun - and they still do! The raptor roost hovers high above the
ground, surrounded by a number of stumps cut from a very large fallen tree
- newly added to the place this past summer, creating an outdoor meeting
place for rest and meditation. The toad holes are well above the water
line, but stand in wait as sanctuary for tiny creatures being followed

My favorite piece of sculpture, an interlocking, winged structure that we
called "the dragonfly" still acts as a drying-rack for the damsel-flies and
dragon-flies that flit around the water. On the day of my visit a
beautiful crimson lady had settled, for the moment, on one of the highest
points. The piece casts such a beautiful reflection upon the water!

It's nice to remember!