Four years ago Scott talked to our then Principal Sacha about turning an unused concrete pad in our school to a natural play area.
Yesterday we had the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new SAS Eagles Nest Outdoor Learning Laboratory. It was a great moment.
It’s been a long 4 years with many ups and downs. Money was raised, money was taken away, people committed and people backed out.
The one thing that never wavered was Scott. He pushed and planned, wrote grant proposals, begged for money, established committees and a dealt with a zillion other details both tiny and massive. Yesterday it all came together in a beautiful celebration called Nature Night.
Here are a few pics.
The ribbon waiting to be cut.
Scott was presented with a tree for his vision and hard work.Here are the committee members still at SAS. We missed Preeti Happer and Sarah Toa and Simone Loftus.
After the ribbon cutting ceremony and the formal induction ceremony there were fun activities all over the school for kids and their parents to enjoy.
The Story of The Nature Reserve: An Outdoor Learning Laboratory
by Emmy David
“Well, because I knew it was good, and I knew it was right”.
That was the response that Mr. Hossack gave to a group of third grade students who asked him how he kept committed to a vision of the Nature Reserve after facing many obstacles.
It is that perseverance many at Shanghai American School possess when committed to making each and every space of our school “good and right”.
5 years ago no one could have imagined that a lonely tree in a cement courtyard would now be the focal point and first impression when visitors, students, teachers, and parents enter our school. No one would have thought a space that was designated for nothing other than a pass-through could now be a place where learning of an entirely different nature would take place…yes the pun was definitely intended!
It was within that 5 years Mr. Hossack and few other committed volunteers began to wonder about exciting possibilities for this courtyard. They began to dream on paper, stretch the limits of even their own imaginations, and seek the resources they needed to make it all a reality. Along the way, the project faced many obstacles and frustrations – at times even being placed firmly on the back burner. However, teaching to a mission that demands commitment, compassion, integrity, and courage is best done through living it right in front of our students.
As the Nature Reserve continues to grow, bloom, blossom, seed, and evolve we can be sure that it will continue to inspire in all of our students a lifelong passion for learning, a commitment to act with integrity and compassion, and the courage to live their dreams.