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Tue, Nov. 19

Public invited to tour of school gardens today

Courtesy HCNH<br>Granville Elementary School fifth-graders work on their habitat garden.

Courtesy HCNH<br>Granville Elementary School fifth-graders work on their habitat garden.

PRESCOTT - The Highlands Center for Natural History is providing an opportunity for the public today to experience the Schoolyard Habitat Program, an educational partnership between the Highlands Center and several local elementary schools in the Prescott region.

The tour runs from 9 a.m. to noon and offers an opportunity for the public to see how some of the school tax credits are used in the area.

The schoolyard habitat programs are possible specifically because of local residents designating their tax credit dollars to the schools involved, new Highlands Center Habitat Learning Director Mara Trushell said.

"This free tour is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who has donated in the past or is considering doing so at the end of 2011, to see how their money is

being spent, to experience the garden as a young schoolchild may, and to learn about these habitat programs," Trushell said.

The free habitat garden tour will begin at the Highlands Center for Natural History, 1375 S. Walker Road, with a presentation on the Schoolyard Habitat Program by Trushell and Highlands Center Executive Director Dave Irvine.

The habitat garden tour will then proceed to Coyote Springs Elementary School in Prescott Valley.

Upon arrival, participants will get to experience a Habitat Lesson as a schoolchild would in the beautiful, mature garden.

The tour will then proceed to Granville Elementary School in Prescott Valley, the newest partner with the Center's Schoolyard Habitat Program. Master Gardener Lesley Alward will share her knowledge and experience on the development of the gardens themselves.

Transportation is not provided. Pre-registration is required since there is limited space. Call 776-9550 to make a reservation. More information is online at www.highlandscenter.org.

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