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1999 - Education Awards - Education & Promotion - Medford Public Schools


And the wavin' wheat can sure smell sweetmust have been written about the town of Medford, located on a flat prairie in north central Oklahoma surrounded by miles and miles of wheat land. Hardly an acre can be found that still supports the native flora and fauna a situation which Ed Grover, Medford High School science teacher, says pointed up the need for a way to instill in young people a sense of natural wonder and a responsibility for protecting the environment.

The result of Grover's persistence, students' big dreams, the cooperation of the Medford community, the generosity of local businesses and assistance from several state agencies has been the completion of the "College Heights Refuge." This magnificent outdoor classroom is complete with a 1 _ acre pond, four sets of hills, four separate habitat areas and walking trails. From the first dreams of its possibilities to its satisfying reality, the process has been an invaluable multi-discipline experience for the students, teachers, and community volunteers. MEDFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS' OUTDOOR CLASSROOM - GREAT NEWS FOR OKLAHOMA'S ENVIRONMENT!