Grandview primary students learn about plant biology at Ivy Tech

First graders Gavin Lawson and Catherine Young took turns looking through the microscope at plant stalks and corn kernels.

Gavin had looked under a microscope before because his brother had one, he said. But Catherine, like most of her classmates at Grandview Elementary School, had never used one before.

“It was really fun,” she said. “I bet you could put a piece of grass in it and it would look great.”

Tuesday saw the first official school field trip to the new outdoor learning lab on the Bloomington campus of Ivy Tech Community College, where 60 first-grade Grandview students learned to anatomy of potted plants and flowers to bring to their families.

The trip complemented student curricula while helping Ivy Tech staff advance the goal of making the space at 501 N. Profile Parkway a comprehensive outdoor classroom.

Ivy Tech volunteers launched the groundbreaking last May for the outdoor lab. Since then, the space has been open to the public but did not have as many visitors as it did on Tuesday. Sarah Cote, who led the project, said the space will be available for more field trips and youth organizations this summer and next school year. It also serves as an educational space for biology students at Ivy Tech.

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