So, let me admit it right up front: I'm a little bit of an environmental geek. I get excited when I hear about stormwater restoration projects. My day is instantly made better when I hear that people are working on cleaning up the environment and keeping the area parks clean. Furthermore, I was thrilled to hear that students from Sylvania's Northview High School were given the opportunity to work on designing interpretive signs for some of the area parks.
Sometimes I see those signs in parks (the ones that tell about what types of animals, plants etc. live in the area) and I always wonder "who made those?" For a few of the signs in Sylvania, now I have an answer.
The signs were designed last year, by a group of Northview seniors, who were in Tami Blue's interactive media class. Ms. Blue said the class teaches things like photo-editing, computer illustration, video techniques, web design and more.
“My students are required to complete a senior project in an area related to the class. Three students volunteered to work on the signs and one of them was actually in environmental science at the time, so he was a good match,” she said.
Creating the signs also required the students to learn about environmental subjects.
“They learned a lot about the subjects their signs were on and of course, used skills that we have learned in this real world project,” Ms. Blue said.
(An example of one of the signs (just a sample), courtesy of Tami Blue):
-Alexa Rickard designed the Maumee River sign and assisted with Harroun Park and Olander Park signs
-Darren Butler designed the Olander Park sign
-Vince DeBaca designed the Harroun Park sign
The signs will be installed at 5 locations in the area “probably starting the week after next,” Kari Gerwin, stormwater planner for the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, said. “We are planning an official unveiling of one of the signs at Harroun Park for October 4, with educational activities revolving around wetlands restoration.”