Grant to create wetland educational site

High school receives grant to create wetland educational site
Posted on 10/14/2019

Morganton, NC Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 

Patton High School was selected as one of 22 organizations to receive a grant to help further the building of special project within their school. The Duke Energy Foundation awarded the high school a $40,000 grant that will help to restore the Enola Trail Wetlands Area and eliminate erosion and treat runoff. The wetlands area is a part of the Enola Community Trail project at the high school and will give students from multiple Burke County Public Schools the opportunity to learn about outdoor biology and nature. 

Amy Vaughn, an English teacher at Patton who has helped to organize the trail, said once the project is completed, the area will have a series of natural pools that will help to drain the land and filter out runoff from the school property.

Biology classes and even elementary school students will have access to the trail for educational purposes. They will have native plants, a storyboard trail and signage to explain each part of the wetland area. Vaughn said this will be a great opportunity for all ages to learn more about nature and biology.

She said they are excited to be chosen for this grant from Duke Energy Foundation. She is also thankful to Burke Soil and Water, who were very beneficial to them and were a part of creating the plan for the wetlands. Vaughn said, “I am incredibly thankful that they recognize the potential for what this area could be not only as a natural area, but as an educational area. It is a great opportunity for the entire community.” She is thankful also to the Burke County Public Schools administration for allowing them to pursue the project. She said, “They have encouraged us to explore these creative ways to integrate the outdoors into our classrooms.”

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