April 5, 2012
Allison is currently a freshman at Lake Forest High School and the following is an excerpt from an essay she wrote for her Environmental Geoscience class. The essay prompt was a response to “What Nature Means to You.” Thank you, Allison, for sharing this with us!
When I think of nature, I think of going to Nature’s Classroom in first through third grade when we spent a week up in Mukwonago, Wisconsin with our classmates, teachers, and counselors. For me, that week in late May was the best part of the school year at the Montessori School of Lake Forest (MSLF). MSLF was a very nature oriented school, and we spent a great deal of time out of doors. For recess, we went outside to play on eight acres of land, some of it a traditional playground, some of it soccer field, but most of it forest. But this was no ordinary forest. Oh no, this forest had banks, beauty sa-lons, restaurants, and if my memory serves me correctly, a Menards. You may ask how this is possi-ble. It is possible because we were set free at recess, with acorns to use as currency, tree trunks and fallen branches to build our “businesses” with, and the freedom to let our imaginations run wild.