US (PA): Native plant greenhouse thriving at CAHS

During 2012-13 school year, students from Carmichaels Area High School grew more than 750 oak seedlings in their native plant greenhouse.

“We are good at growing oak trees,” said Kevin Willis, teacher at Carmichaels Area. “We needed to find a resource to help us grow other native plants.” That’s where Audubon at Beechwood comes in. Students from Carmichaels Area recently visited Audubon Centre for Native Plants at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Fox Chapel.

Students were given a tour of the plant centre by Roxanne Swann, ACNP coordinator. Groups of students then rotated through different stations staffed by 10 Audubon at Beechwood volunteers who demonstrated how to plant native plant seeds. “We were actually able to plant our own seeds,” said Carmichaels senior Tyler Crago. “Now we will be able to track their growth in our greenhouse.”

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