The sun was shining, a cool breeze was gently blowing and spring birds filled the air with song. There could not have been a more perfect day for an outdoor classroom experience. Young students from Churchill Alternative School in Ottawa were lucky enough to spend May 5th outside, planting trees at the Baxter Conservation Area, along the Rideau River, south of the capital.
For some it wasn't the first time they had got their hands dirty this way. Churchill Alternative students have been planting trees at Baxter for ten years. It's an annual project that connects kids with nature and helps the Conservation Area replenish its natural environment.
I joined the class to see what I could learn. At the request of the school I did not photograph the children, or identify them. With one exception. Angus, whose mother's Kristen was along on the field trip.