Monday, January 25, 2010

Home Improvements

Over the past six months or so, the ELC nature center has had a shadow cast over it by one man and a plethora of power tools, some paint, particle board, and a passion for putting things together. Collin Jacobsen(AKA "CJtelemarker," "The Craftsman," "Mr. Goodwrench," or simply "CJ", which is Jesus Christ's initials backwards, who was also a carpenter, but not as good as Collin) has taken home improvements at the ELC to a new level.

Beginning with the widescale removal of unnecessary junk and copious amounts of rodent fecal matter, not to mention the recovery of one life-size coffin, Collin began organizing the ELC in a way that will soon become legendary. Where once there was a crappy curtain, now stands not one, but TWO doors, WITH a handle!

Where once beaver costumes, programming bins, and random nature crafts were strewn about with no particular method to the madness, they now fall neatly into place, compartmentalized and simple, elegant yet bold like a Zen garden, special thanks to Emily and Alysse who undertook the task of organizing these items.

Remember the speckled orange carpet that more closely resembled a bacteria trap for dust bunnies? Well now you don't have to! Collin instead has plans for a slick new tile vibe that is sure to compliment the easy forest green paint that now hugs the walls of the classroom, very soothing.

Collin has also removed the unsightly protruberance that previously occupied the center of the building extreme home makeover style, shedding some much needed light evenly throughout the building. Energy now flows "feng shui" throughout the nature center on a light breeze that reeks of learning.

A chic cluster of cubbies, occupying the northwest corner, exudes beauty in the form of much needed storage space for the packs of children who will be frolocking through the new nature center 2.0 as they listen, comprehend, analyze, and reflect more than ever before.

Thanks again Collin! We're excited to see how these home improvements turn out and what exciting new projects "The Craftsman" has in store for us in the coming months. Stay tuned my friends.

Monday, January 11, 2010

A New Year

Happy New Year! There is not too much to report these days as the weather has been so cold it has kept me indoors on most days. We have, however, opened up registration for our spring Great School Escapes (GSEs). We will hold five GSE's this semester: February 15, March 12, April 16, April 19 and May 14. The topic for February will be the Sun! We'll explore solar energy from various perspectives and attempt to answer the question, "What does the sun do for us (kids in America)?" Get online and register today because space is limited and these always fill up!