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Johnson Elementary students planted trees in Summerlakes Park

Jun 22, 2015 09:38AM ● By Katelyn Nelson

Students in Mrs. Ixpata’s fourth grade class at Clifford Johnson Elementary School, in Warrenville, wound up the school year by planting a bur oak at Summerlakes Park. Their service was part of The Conservation Foundation’s Mighty Acorns program. The Foundation partnered with the Warrenville Park District to recognize the achievement with a Conservation@Work certification.

The park district removed invasive plant species from the park and replaced them with native plants, with the assistance of the Johnson Elementary students under the guidance of Recreation Supervisor/Parks Technician Adam Dagley.

Ixpata’s classes have participated in the program since 2007, incorporating a stewardship-based environmental education curriculum with activities outdoors.

The Conservation Foundation is one of the region’s largest and oldest private conservation organizations -- with more than 4,000 members and donors, and more than 500 volunteers who contribute 20,000 hours per year.