“Children are born with a sense of wonder and an affinity for Nature.  Properly cultivated, these values can mature into ecological literacy, and eventually into sustainable patterns of living.”

Zenobia Barlow, “Confluence of Streams”

The Central School for Children, Durham, NC

This NC70 Leadership project created an outdoor learning area that included building ten picnic tables and six large planter boxes. The planter boxes were used for classes to grow flowers or vegetables. Each of the picnic tables had an engraved brass plaque with a motivational saying attached to the table.  Budget:  $12,500.  November 2004.

Emerson Waldorf School Farm, Chapel Hill, NC

This NC135 leadership project renovated and revitalized Emerson Farm at the Waldorf School. With generous donations from local and national businesses, the farm is now a beautiful place for children and the community to learn about and reconnect with nature. The project included reconstructing the school’s greenhouse and classroom, installing a greenhouse watering system, building a massive in ground irrigation system in the biodynamic garden, building a chicken coop and pen, installing a large rain water catchment system, and building moveable trellises for vine plants. Budget: 30,000. April 2012.

Green Elementary School, Raleigh, NC.

This NC73 WorldLegacy Leadership project transformed an outdoor area that had a severe drainage problem into a beautiful natural habitat garden. In the new butterfly garden, pond, and natural habitat, students would be able to learn first hand about the wonders of nature. April 2005.

Longview Alternative School, Raleigh, NC

NC45’s Leadership project created a musical greenhouse. landscaping, and storage shed. The musical greenhouse was designed to enable students to learn valuable life skills in the gentle care of plants. $32,000. April 2002.

Open House, Wilmington, NC

Open house is a halfway house for teenagers. NC28’s Leadership project refurbished and landscaped the playground and backyard including installing a privacy fence, sporting equipment, a basketball court, benches, a swing, a wishing well, and a fountain. The bell is to be tolled every time a teenager is freed from a troubling situation. February 2000.

Pathways Center, Greensboro, NC

This NC96 WorldLegacy Leadership project renovated the outdoor yard of Pathways Center, which is a housing program of Greensboro Urban Ministries. This center provides a safe, temporary environment for 16 families while they search for permanent housing and jobs. By installing a gazebo, plants, benches, toys, a covered shelter and a safety fence, the outdoor area, which was once barren, was transformed into an area where families can gather and play.  Budget: $30,000. November 2007.