During the 2014-15 school year the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Walton School, Esperanza, and Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society (WCAS) joined as partners on a grant to establish a Zoo Nature Club at Walton School in Cleveland.
The Western Cuyahoga Audubon volunteers were joined by members of the Walton School Boys and Girls Club and staff from Walton School to clean up the courtyard, weed the beds, plant additional native plants and annual flowers to accent the garden. This year’s effort involved about 20 volunteers, 120 plants, and 75 bags of mulch. After the session, volunteers were treated to a pizza dinner with cookies for dessert!
The staff at Walton School is hoping to use the courtyard for more activities. In fact, a few days after the cleanup, the newly refurbished gardens were scheduled to be the the site for a school-year-end summer reading event!
Michelle Manzo is a valued Member of Western Cuyahoga Audubon. Michelle leads Chapter educational program activities in collaboration with local schools and regional organizations. Through her efforts, in-school programs are managed and volunteers organized to mentor youth, raise environmental awareness, and model good practices of habitat conservation.