Students proudly displaying finished blue bird boxes
Leeds Grenville Stewardship Council volunteers actively support elementary school teachers through the Woodworking for Wildlife program. It is one of our most popular programs.
The Stone Shop in Toledo is the focal point for many of the LGSC's projects. Dwayne Struthers and Garnet Baker have spent countless hours there designing and constructing nest boxes and platforms, signs, and wildlife viewing platforms.
The program starts early in the winter as Garnet Baker, Dwayne Struthers and their many helpers convert their supply of Ottawa Valley white pine lumber into hundreds of pre-sawn and drilled bird box kits.
Then they go to the classrooms. After listening to a short presentation, each child in the class gets the opportunity to construct and take home a blue bird box. Council members and the teacher are always near at hand to offer advice, but the children do the work.
As in other years, in 2019 the construction of box kits started early in the year with 7 volunteers assembling some 200 blue bird box kits.
GSC volunteers visited 5 schools in the United County in 2019 including:
- South Crosby Public School – Elgin
- Commonwealth Public School – Brockville
- Merrickville Public School – Merrickville
- South Branch Public School – Kemptville
- Lynn Public School – Lynn
In total 137 Grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 students participated and 150 Blue Bird Houses were
In excess of 120 hours of volunteer time goes into making this program a success. Thanks to Home Hardware - Rideau Lumber for suppling bags for the Bird house kits.
For more information contact: Garnet Baker or Dwayne Struthers