Volunteers build an outdoor learning lab in ALCC Southern Chapter Email
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 07:00 AM


Falcon High SchoolALCC’s Southern Chapter Day of Service project helped build outdoor learning labs for students interested in careers in landscape. Falcon High School, the latest school to participate in the Landscape Career Pathways Program, will launch its first landscape program in the fall.

“With the help of the Southern Chapter of ALCC and their Day of Service, the students at Falcon High School have a first-rate outdoor learning area,” said Dave Franz, an instructor at Falcon High who is leading the landscape career pathway program. “The ability to get the students out of the traditional classroom and get their hands dirty is an awesome opportunity. Also, the possibility of working alongside pros in the industry will enhance the students' educational opportunities.”

A total of 31 volunteers participated in the project. Because of their efforts, the students will have access to four learning labs, which include:

  • Two 12x12 irrigation system stations, where the students will learn basics of irrigation installation, repair, and water management
  • Two 12x12 hardscape stations, where the students will learn the basics of hardscapes design and installation
  • A 20x20 area for calculating slope and grade, along with turf installation and maintenance
  • A large garden with drip system, where students will learn plant identification, planting, and plant maintenance

Every year, the landscape class will design and add to the already beautifully designed garden in front of the school. 

Volunteers came from the following member companies:

  • Colorado Springs Utilities
  • Colorado Stoneworks Landscaping, LLC
  • DBC Irrigation Supply
  • CPS Distributors, Inc.
  • Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply
  • J. Rick Lawn & Tree
  • SiteOneTM Landscape Supply
  • Sunflower Landscapes, Inc.
  • Timberline Landscaping, Inc.

Equipment and Materials were donated by:

  • Bobcat of the Rockies
  • C&C Sand and Stone Co., Inc.
  • Colorado Stoneworks Landscaping
  • Colorado Tree Farm Nursery
  • CPS Distributors, Inc.
  • DBC Irrigation Supply
  • Harding Nursery, Inc.
  • Pioneer Sand Co., Inc.
  • SiteOneTM Landscape Supply
  • Sunflower Landscapes, Inc.

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