Overlake Golf & Country Club has completed a nature trail for students and teachers to explore topics of plant identification, plant science, and wildlife and habitat management.
The project is on the east side of a pond near the eight hole.
First graders from St. Thomas School in Medina visited the nature trail in June to learn about native and invasive plant species. They were able to identify and remove many varieties of invasive plants in an area that is designated specifically for their project.
Their ultimate goal is to create a natural setting that is more attractive to birds and other pond wildlife.
Multiple grade levels from the school will be engaged at Overlake, resulting in an ongoing project throughout their time at St. Thomas. The long-term commitment made by both the golf course staff and school faculty will allow for the continuous development of an educational curriculum that provides a rewarding experience to the students.
“Our staff has enjoyed having the students out to the golf course and is very excited to continue working with the St. Thomas School,” said Marcus Harness, assistant golf course superintendent.
As a member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for golf courses, Overlake has committed to documenting and expanding their environmental efforts for the benefit of people, wildlife and the game of golf.
In addition to seeking certification from the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, Overlake has been accepted into the 2011 First Green program. First Green is a not-for-profit organization that uses golf courses as environmental learning labs.