Elyse Jurgen, M.Ed., CBLP

Genre: Ecological Design, Green STEAM or E-STEM, and Nature Journaling

(e): elyse@waxwingecoworks.com
(w): http://www.waxwingecoworks.com
(c): 717.676.1045

Age Group for Residencies: Grades K-12, adults

Artist’s Statement:

Humans are positive drivers of ecological restoration, with solutions resting in underutilized spaces like urban schoolyards and narrow sidewalk strips. Designing ecological gardens in human spaces is a multi-functional artform. Everywhere you look, there is a canvas of currently mowed lawn waiting to be awakened with pollinators (bees, butterflies, birds, bats, etc.) and 4-season botanical interest. Through a hands-on participatory ecological design process, these spaces become vital grounds for rebounding wildlife populations, while gathering the community in collaborative conservation work. 

Ecological design is a Science and an Art. Cross-curricular skills are developed and reflected upon, through grappling with scale and proportion, ecological food webs, “right plant, right place”, site analysis (hydrology, geology, sun/shade patterns, etc.), while learning how to coherently communicate their final proposed planting plan. 

In the Schoolyard Habitat residency, students empathize with a critter of choice, design a solution in their schoolyard to meet their habitat needs, and ultimately bring their designs to fruition through a collaborative schoolyard habitat build. Funding is currently provided by the National Wildlife Federation to cover the costs of the native landscape plugs used in the schoolyard habitat plantings for the School District of Lancaster. 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s