Kelowna Christian School (KCS) High School Students (Gr. 10-12) are excited to participate in the habitat restoration work of Munson Pond Park (kelowna.ca/CM/Page4781.aspx), located in the backyard of the KCS Middle & High School Campus. The beautiful pond (3.8 hectares) is surrounded by a mature remnant of cottonwood trees. This forest is valued for its bird watching opportunities, waterfowl habitat and habitat for small amphibians, reptiles and mammals.
Darren Lewis, Lead Principal at Kelowna Christian School, shares the excitement with the City of Kelowna for the restoration of this natural treasure. “Munson Pond Park represents a great opportunity for our students to be involved in caring for creation; not to mention, ecological sustainability in a tangible and meaningful way. We seek real world connections in our education”. The formation of Munson Pond Park will also allow KCS students unique access to the park space for future project-based learning projects.
Working with the Central Okanagan Land Trust, students planted several hundred native plants and assisted with removing noxious and invasive weeds in the park area (9.8 hectares). Further developments to the park will include construction of an 1100m. long gravel trail around the pond perimeter, with connections to the KCS property and surrounding road network, for the public to enjoy.