An Ecological Classroom in Puerto Rico

Several of our days in Puerto Rico were spent working on building benches for an outdoor ecological classroom. We worked with a crew that had been working on the classroom. We spent our time hammering and cutting wood. This was new to a lot of us. It was hard work and there were a lot of bent, crooked nails. But Carlos, our project leader, was so willing to help us out. He said that he loved making mistakes, because there is always a lesson to be learned from every mistake. He helped us through every step and we spent the days working and laughing.

The ecological classroom will be used for people with disabilities. The classroom is in a natural refuge. It will be used to teach people about the various ecosystems found in the area including the mangrove swamp, the dry forest, and of course the ocean! The workers at the refuge are very passionate about their work and they loved sharing their knowledge with us.

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