Enhancing Nature for Others
Published on July 7, 2015 by arothstein
On day a year, Broadview University-Boise closes its doors so staff members can serve their community. Campus Director Mike McAllister explained why the Morrison Knudson (MK) Nature Center was selected for this year’s community service day.
“The MK Nature Center is an area that many of us have had the opportunity to enjoy with our families,” he said. “Admission to the non-profit center is free of charge, so they rely on community members to maintain and keep the center going.”
Doug Miller, business and information technology program chair, put his fixit skills to use at the nature center by building six platforms of different shapes and sizes for the cage of a Peregrine falcon that would be coming later that day.
“I like fixing things,” he said. “The Peregrine falcon that they were getting couldn’t fly due to a broken wing so the platforms are so that it can hop up and still be high in the cage.”
Other Broadview University staff members focused their efforts on trimming grasses that were overtaking Idaho plants in the native plant garden.
“I had fun,” said Anna Braden, medical assistant program chair. Massage therapy program chair Kerrie Jannelle agreed: “It was nice to be outside and helping the MK Center trim grasses.”
Cynthianna Hamrick, financial aid manager, added, “I enjoyed seeing the before and after of what we did in a small area. You could tell what we had done by the time we left.”
The Broadview staff members were also given a behind the scenes tour of the nature center and cleared away watercress that was blocking the flow of the center’s streams.
“The nature center is a valuable resource to schools in the area, and it was a great to be given the chance to help out and hopefully enhance future educational opportunities for others,” said Jon Taylor, director of career services.
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