The Office of the St. Paul Mayor recently recognized 10 individuals and organizations with the 2013 Sustainable Saint Paul Awards. Great River School was the recipient of the Environmental Education and Awareness Award – recognizing programs and concepts which develop skills and attitudes necessary to understand the inter-relatedness among humans, culture and environment and foster behavior change.
The following is the text of the award:
“Great River School became the first school in the city of Saint Paul to join the Department of Natural Resources School Forest Program, choosing the Saint Paul’s Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom to be their school forest. The school has shown exemplary commitment to improving sustainability by dedicating students and teachers’ time assisting at Como with a variety of natural resource tasks such as planting, mulching, seed collection, brush hauling, and removing of invasive species. Students also engage in long-term investigative research topics that benefit the outdoor classroom and foster a sense of ownership.
Every year on Earth Day Great River School also has over 200 students participating in natural resource management and park maintenance at Como Park.”