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Living the wild life

"This is the completed project," Barlow said, looking out at the garden. "It'll look a lot better as the plants continue to grow and fill it out."

One student, Alesha McElwey, found the entire experience to be very beneficial.

"It was actually really fun to actually be outside and doing something new," she said. "I always love being outside."

"It's really pretty when people drive by it," McElwey added. "I see them slow down and actually look at it."

Another student, Jordynne Ales, was also able to take a great deal out of the experience.

"It was fun learning about what different animals need for their living habitats," she explained.

As for the future of the garden, Barlow is already working towards gathering teachers for September to give a class on garden-based learning.

"How you can build a garden with your class and how you can use it to actually meet the needs of your class and state standards," she said. "We're going to use that research and use this as a model for other teachers in the area."

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