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Students of Upper Arlington High school in Columbus, OH teamed up with Capitol Square Rotary Club to design and construct a self-guided Meditation Nature Trail at Shepard's Corner, an ecology center of the Dominican Sisters of Peace.
In designing the trail, students learned about local plants, animals, and the land’s history. They investigated local ecosystems, determined a route and station locations, developed themes, and conducted an online survey to better understand how the local community best connects to nature.
With the help of a PLT GreenWorks! grant, students developed and installed the trail’s final station during the 2009-10 school year. This “Web of Life” station, based on PLT Activity 45, uses an overhead rope web to get people to think about nature’s countless connections. This station culminates all the previous stations’ themes and leaves visitors with a memorable lesson: that all of nature is interconnected.