AVON — AVON – Local youth have helped to expand an annual fundraiser for the Avon Outdoor Learning Center (AOLC).
The 11th annual Native Plan Sale and Spring Event or “Nature Rocks” will be May 17 and 18 at the Avon Outdoor Learning Center. The sale will be from 4 to 7 p.m. May 17 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18. There will also be a benefit concert from 5 to 10 p.m. May 18.
The AOLC is at 7237 E. U.S. 36, Avon, behind Maple and White Oak elementary schools.
“We hosted a day for the Youth Leadership Hendricks County (program),” said Jennifer Davies, educator for the AOLC. “We picked their brains and came up with ideas to expand our event. One of the ideas was to host a concert.”
She said a few of the students approached her after the session and offered to help with the concert. One of those students was Andrew Stewart who will be a featured performer.
“This is our main fundraiser for the year,” Davies said.
Native plants and garden seedlings will be offered for sale. Those purchasing 10 plants will receive one plant for free.
Plants being sold include prairie dock, purple coneflower, yellow coneflower, asclepias turberosa butterfly weed, asclepias incarnate marsh milkweed, cardinal flower, burr sedge, royal catchfly, bergamont, New England aster, compass plant, great blue lobelia, queen of the prairie, downy blue skullcap, purple prairie clover, little bluestem, prairie dropsied, and northern sea oats. Plants are $3 each.
There will be plant for sale that has been cultivated by students in the Garden Club.
“We have about 80 third- and fourth-graders sign up for garden club from White Oak and Maple elementary schools,” Davies said. “The kids come out before school and at recess. They are planting harvesting, weeding, and collecting seeds.”
The students will have herbs and vegetable plants for sale they have been growing in the AOLC’s greenhouse.