We are raising funds for materials to create a Pollinator Garden at Ossippe Central School and maintain and expand our Wildlife Sanctuary at New Durham Elementary School. The New Durham students will act as mentors to the Ossipee students, having succesfully planned, planted, and cared for their sanctuary. The two schools will collaborate through technology, field trips and a visit to the Butterfly Garden at the Libby Museum.There is also a need to provide backpacks with homework/school supplies for 100 elementary school children at Ossipee Central School who are involved in the afterschool programs. Please help us provide these tools so that our kids can be successful in their academics.

School Gardens:
• Improve social skills and behavior
• Instill appreciation and respect for nature that lasts into adulthood

• Improve life skills, including working with groups and self-understanding
• Contribute to communication of knowledge and emotions, while developing skills that will help students be more successful in school
• Have a positive impact on student achievement and behavior.

With $2500 we will:
• fill and distribute those backpacks!
• have enough materials to create our Sanctuary at OCS with landscape timbers, rocks, stepping stones, topsoil, fertilizer, compost, seeds, and native New Hampshire plants - especially perennials and grasses that live longer than single-year annual flowers
• create a small landscape area with several shrubs or small trees that define an outdoor reading nook
• add a small Butterfly Garden Library to the school media center
• include a landscape element such as a rock grouping, fountain, or benches to enhance the garden landscape (depending on amount raised)
• maintain and add enhancements to the established sanctuary at NDS, and create a "how-to handbook" to share with other schools, clubs and organizations
• enjoy a dedication event which brings the two school communities together

Like our school garden at NDS, the garden at OCS will be a living laboratory where interdisciplinary lessons are drawn from real life experiences, and a sanctuary for both students and pollinators. NDS teachers, parents and students wholeheartedly agree that the Earthkeepers program is an invaluable resource that affords students enrichment experiences that have long lasting benefits and that they might not otherwise be able to enjoy. Now, its time to share these experiences with another school community! Please help us to meet our goal and donate today. Thank you!

If you would prefer to mail a check, or donate online thru other gateways, or for more information about this project, please contact:
Susan Berry, Program Coordinator, Libby Museum of Natural History
603.520.6087 or email

Libby "Museum Without Walls" Programs brings Dr. Libby’s vision to local children enrolled in the The Governor Wentworth Regional School District of New Hampshire who could not otherwise benefit from the Libby Museum enrichment experiences.

UPDATE: as of 8/30 we have raised the funds for the back packs and school supplies and those funds have been dispersed! THANK YOU!

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