This year, District 48 applied for, and successfully received, a $4,000 grant from RTOERO in support of the Farm at Glen Elbe Watershed Land Trust project. The money is to be used to create a learning centre at a marsh on the property. The education programs (guided by Ontario Curriculum and forest schools curriculum, but not necessarily age specific) will provide understanding of which species live in river, forest and grassland habitats and how they interact with each other. It will demonstrate how ecosystems benefit us through cleansing air and water, creating and maintaining healthy soil, pollinating flowers and food plants, finding peace and well being, and much more. Together with TIWLT, District 48’s great hope is that individuals who experience the marsh studies will express understanding of the benefits of ponds, marshes and clean rivers. and become involved in environmental sustainability activities of their own.