Category: Education

Parks' Role in Civil Rights

Yesterday, we celebrated the man who has become synonymous with the words, "I Have a Dream".  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out against racial inequality, inspired people to dream of a different world and compelled people to take action and achieve equality for all people. Today, we remember MLK's life and hard work to leave a better world and we look closely at society and what still needs to be done. Inspired by the great work Martin Luther King Jr. did for our country, I wanted to... Read More
Posted by Betsy Peterson at 1-19-16 | 1 comments
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Behind the Scenes | First Eggs Laid at Shelby Farms Park

It is 8:15am as volunteer Steve O'Dell rolls in on his bicycle in the 34 degree weather. Rain or shine, freezing cold or oppressive heat, Steve arrives each morning at the Shelby Farms Park Greenline Gardens. Steve is a calming presence at the Park, coming each day to work in the gardens, direct our Farm to Fork Fellows or work SFPC events with good humor. He consistently brings himself as well as a lesson for the day. Today I am learning how to care for our flock of Shelby Farms Park... Read More
Posted by Betsy Peterson at 1-12-16 | 0 comments
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Honeybee Haven: The Shelby Farms Apiary

Have you ever seen these boxes in the park before and wondered what they’re for? The answer? Honeybees! This bee yard, known as an “apiary,” is home to thousands of bees working to keep our gardens healthy and produce local, sustainable honey right here in Shelby Farms Park.  You might have known that the honey you eat comes from Honeybees, but did you know that Honeybees also play a critical role in producing many of the fruits and vegetables you eat? Each day, worker... Read More
at 10-20-15 | 1 comments
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Fishing at the Park

Ranger Cody, our resident Naturalist at the Park has provided this week's blog post, which is inspired by a recent study that assessed the health of our lakes. He reviewed the recommendations and has some advice for our fishermen and women out there who play a role in managing our lakes. As we mentioned a couple weeks ago, habitats have to be managed and we could use your help!   A Quick Guide to Fishing in Shelby Farms Park.  There are dozens of opportunities to fish, with... Read More
Posted by Betsy Peterson at 9-15-15 | 0 comments
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Managing Biodiversity

Posted by Madeline McCann, SFPC Development + Communications Intern It’s easy to think of parks like Shelby Farms as pure, untarnished nature – wilderness growing free in the heart of the city. Of course, this isn’t exactly the case. Interning with the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy has reminded me of one of the first, and perhaps one of the most surprising lessons I learned when I started studying ecology: natural and healthy aren’t always the same thing. Here at the park, we’re... Read More
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