School grounds converted into a living classroom

Beginning in 2010, volunteers converted the schoolhouse grounds into a walk-through, living classroom that weaves historical, cultural, and ecological stories together to exemplify our area’s heritage. Thematic learning stations explore Anishinaabe [Native American] history, the legacy of the Forward Movement/Camp Gray/Presbyterian Camps, and even mid-century cultural appropriation as expressed by a tourism “totem pole.” Horticultural highlights include a wildflower rain garden, a rhododendron garden, a spring daffodil path, and sculptures. The latest addition is Anishinaabe sculptor Jason Quigno’s “Seven Grandfathers,” an 8-foot tall tower carved from limestone set on top of a black granite base.