I was just in Columbus and came across an interesting site for
exploration. As an ecologist, I could see some great applications of
landform change to restore a stream while helping a small community
redesign its ways of moving about - especially at and near an elementary
school. And, this landscape is owned mostly by OSU.
The school is Wright Elementary in Dublin. It sits next to some OSU ag
land. The area has been heavily and recently built up, isolating the school
from housing that could be refigured some ways to help kids walk to school
or at least have more healthy natural areas.
But my brief look at the area suggested a restoration of a small
stream that flows (channelized in a straight, unhealthy path) through the
OSU land and past the school. If restored, the stream could help begin some
natural pathways while improving water quality. A design for landform
artworks might be nice.
>Attention art ed. fans!
> We are begining to develop lesson plans around issues. Our
>issue is around Ecological restoration, more specifically, Human and
>animal interaction. We decided to generate conversation among students
>to include current community issues dealing with our negative impact on
>animals. This could include, construction of housing developments, new
>highway projects, ect. Then discuss what we do to help the animal
>kingdom ie. zoos and parks. Ask them how many good versus bad
>environments we have in the community. If we decide our community needs
>help figure out ways to do that. Show the students ways that popular
>artist make statements around this issue. We found artist such as
>Jimenez, Wegman and Lascaux paintings. What is important that the
>students get the awareness on how we impact our environment and what we
>can do to change that. After all of our inquiry we will use our
>generated ideas to create art work. I thought of taking a walk around
>our environment and documenting all that needs improved. Then later
>writing a criticm that talks about how to improve it. Write now I am
>just generating ideas and looking for opinions about my issue and how to
>apply it into a lesson.