Spruce Run Environmental Center

Winter/Spring 2019


Monthly Family Programming

Spruce Run Environmental Study Center will once again host FREE family weekend programming for all CCS staff, students and their families. Family programming is also open to the general public. Programming will occur one Saturday a month from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. For your family's convenience, programming will follow an "open house" format so you can come and go through the day as you please. Some programs will state specific times for certain activities that will happen during that particular day. Occasionally, you may be asked to sign up for an activity. See details of programming below. ALL PROGRAMS WILL HAPPEN RAIN, SNOW or SHINE.

Walking Stick


Artist Peggy Wagoner will be leading this workshop. She will show you her walking stick and tell how she created this beautiful piece of artwork that has now become a personal family heirloom. Peggy will assist you through the process of creating a walking stick for your family.

Please bring, broken costume jewelry to add a little "bedazzle" to your stick.


March 23

Come and learn about Ohio Salamanders, then help us look for our salamander populations. Bring your phones as we will be using the iNaturalist app.



April 13

Letterboxing is an outdoor hobby that combines elements of orienteering, art, and puzzle solving. Letterboxers hide small, weatherproof boxes in publicly accessible places and distribute clues to finding the box. During our program we will teach you the rules of letterboxing, give you clues so you can go letterboxing and teach you how to create your own letterbox.

Fairy Frolic

May 25

Nature, creative, and imaginative play is a big part of the learning that takes place at Spruce Run. So come for a day of fairy frolic and fun. We will show you where our fairies live and give you the opportunity to create fairy furniture, fairy swings and fairy doors. Dressing in your best fairy attire only adds to the fun, wings are a must, crowns and wands are optional.



I would love to come to your middle school classrooms and speak to your students about Spruce Run and some of the many problems I see while managing the property. After my brief classroom presentation, I will open the floor up for questioning. After I leave, teachers will then group their students and have each group select the project they would like to solve. Over the next several weeks, don't hesitate to contact me if your students have questions for me while researching solutions to the project they selected. After the students have created their "Solution Presentations" contact me so I can come back out to your classroom and listen to their solutions. I will then select the "winning solution" and set up a date for you and your class to come to Spruce Run and put their plan into action.
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I am looking for high school groups to come to Spruce Run for service hours. Busing scholarships are available.


Become a volunteer. All you need is an enthusiasm for Columbus City Schools, a willingness to learn and a desire to share with others! Volunteer hours are flexible and will depend on your chosen job area(s). No previous training is needed: training programs will be provided.

Currently we need volunteers in the following areas:

Office: answer telephone, filing, organizing supplies for school group activities

Horticulture: working in the greenhouse, raised bed, landscaping maintenance

Naturalist: sharing your personal "Nature Hobby" such as birding or rock collecting with student groups

Maintenance: general upkeep of the buildings and grounds

Scout Specialist: working with troops, or individual scouts on badges, scouting projects and volunteering opportunities at Spruce Run

Contact Geri Granger for more information: ggranger9556@columbus.k12.oh.us

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