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    Dear HHSD families and staff,

    Many things have changed in all our lives over the past few months. So many disappointments, restrictions and cancellations. On the bright side, there is something that will remain a constant in all our lives, nature! The best part is you can enjoy nature just by opening your window and feeling the cool breeze, splashing in puddles after a rain, watching birds on your feeder, finding insects under a rock in your backyard, learning to ID trees while you walk around your neighborhood, identify constellations as you look at the starts after dark. So many of these things can be done on your own or with family members without compromising your health and safety.

    I do hope you are all doing well and are finding ways to get out in nature as best you can while practicing social distancing. The Jarrett Nature Center wishes we were outside waiting for the buses full of students to arrive. However, due to this unprecedented situation we have come up with some resources for students to be able to engage in environmental education on their own or with family members while at home. We hope that you will all take the time to look through the resources and discover what it is in nature that inspires you!

    We hope teachers, parents and students will take the time to enjoy some of the environmental education resources and activities. If there are any that we have missed that you would like to have included please send me an email at KGipson@Hatboro-Horsham.org

    Kathleen Gipson
    Jarrett Nature Center Coordinator 
    411-C Babylon Rd, 
    Horsham, PA, 19044

     “If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it. Perhaps this is what Thoreau had in mind when he said, “the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think the same is true of human beings.”-David Sobel

    “Encourage your kids to look for nature everywhere they go. It’s the weeds breaking through the crack in the pavement. It’s the leaves forming small clumps along the side of the road. It’s the sky at any given time of the day or night. It’s the wind doing what it likes with your hair. Look around, it won’t take long to find it.”-Penny Whitehouse

    “Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives.”-Thomas Berry

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    The mission of the Jarrett Nature Center is to provide environmental education for the students of The Hatboro-Horsham School District, to protect and nurture an on-campus wildlife habitat, and to promote understanding, respect and responsibility for our environment through a supportive collaboration of educators, students, parents and community members.

    The Jarrett Nature Center is Hatboro-Horsham School District's Outdoor Classroom. It is a living laboratory where students engage in hands-on learning and exploration experiences with their classroom teachers. It also provides a setting for the community to enjoy a variety of activities including nature walks, birding, and photography. Throughout the year, a variety of programs are offered to the community, often in cooperation with the Horsham Library.

    A half-mile walk around the JNC will take visitors past a variety of habitats including the pond, woods, meadow and wetlands. Interpretive signs illustrated by student artists point out important features of these and many other places of interest along the way.

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