BALTIMORE, Ohio – Liberty Union School District in Fairfield County was recently dedicated as an official WILD School Site, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Liberty Union School District is the 202nd WILD School Site in Ohio and the fourth in Fairfield County.
The site has a 30-acre plot that serves as a land lab. Projects implemented on the land lab include raised garden beds, prairie grasses, perennial flower beds, and an interactive learning path.
This newest WILD School Site will give students a hands-on opportunity to experience the natural world. Students can take their learning outdoors and watch their everyday subjects come to life. Legacy projects have also been completed by high school students for the land lab and include tree identification signs and QR code infographics.
This educational area is supported by fellow teachers, students, school administrators, and the Land Lab Committee, which is tasked with intentional planning regarding the facilities, curriculum, and maintenance of the area. The property was donated to Liberty Union School District by E.N. Sands in 1972. The land lab is open to the public for daily use year-round and is located at 1108 S. Main St., Baltimore OH 43105.
The WILD School Sites program, administered in Ohio by the Division of Wildlife, is considered an action extension of the national Project WILD program. Any educational property used by students, educators, and the local community as a place to learn about and benefit from wildlife and the environment can be certified. The sites function within the premise that every site, regardless of size and location, can provide outdoor educational opportunities that can and should be part of an integrated environmental education program. WILD School Sites that demonstrate program development and site enhancement consistent with the premises outlined in this program are eligible for certification as an official Ohio WILD School Site.
Learn more about WILD School Sites and outdoor education opportunities at wildohio.gov.