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Norwalk's Farm Creek Preserve Becomes Classroom

Assembled around a table of animal and plant samples are guides Linda Scull, Emily Nixon, center, and Norwalk Land Trust President John Moeling, far right, with fourth-graders from Naramake School.
Assembled around a table of animal and plant samples are guides Linda Scull, Emily Nixon, center, and Norwalk Land Trust President John Moeling, far right, with fourth-graders from Naramake School. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Norwalk Land Trust recently converted the Farm Creek Preserve into an outdoor classroom for 700 fourth-graders from 11 Norwalk public schools. 

"The outings are the most rewarding thing I've done at this stage of my life," said tour guide Linda Scull in a press release. A volunteer from the Norwalk Land Trust, Scull is a retired realtor, nursery school teacher and cancer survivor. Scull formulated the excursions in 2011 with Marny Smith.

Darien High School senior Emily Nixon represents the new generation of environmental leadership for the Norwalk Land Trust. 

John Moeling, president of the trust, also was a volunteer guide, as were Midge Kennedy, Sarah Graber, Lynn Massey, Constance Bennett and Charlie Taney. Others rotating on the site: Gloria Miller, Cindy Hogan, Karin Weller, Rita Phillips, Carol Guinta, Carol Hooper, Vickie Bennett, Lynn Pratt, Penny Carol, Tammis Lazarus, Betsy Bain , Mindy Green and Barbara Wright.

The students were introduced to the preserve's ecosystem and biodiversity at morning outings during the course of five weeks throughout the spring, according to a press release. Teachers and students saw fiddler crabs, osprey, white egrets and yellow crowned night herons. The students learned how to make whistles with two blades of grass. 

Farm Creek Preserve is a wildlife sanctuary with a tidal estuary, salt marsh and meadows.

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