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Native Plant Oasis

At Cottonwood Plains Elementary School, we've taken a vital step towards water conservation and embracing our local ecosystem. In June 2023, we embarked on a journey to revamp the unused turf areas on our campus. Our aim? To reduce outdoor water consumption while showcasing the beauty of low-water native plant landscaping.

Design sketch maps the locations of native plants within Cottonwood Plains landscaping

Collaborative Vision and Support

Our partnership with Northern Water led to an innovative redesign by the Denver Botanic Gardens that not only benefits the environment but also enhances the visual appeal of our school. Thanks to funding from Northern Water, the Colorado Water Conservation Board grant, the Cottonwood parent-teacher organization, and the District, we were able to turn this vision into reality.

Nurturing Nature, Together

Elite Industries played a pivotal role by providing essential elements for our project, including site preparation, drip irrigation systems, and the native plants themselves. Families and staff from CPES, along with members of the TSD community, volunteered their time on a rainy Saturday morning, June 3, 2023, to plant the seeds of change.

From Turf to Native Oasis

Witness the conversion of an approximately 3,000-square-foot expanse of Kentucky Bluegrass into a flourishing native plant oasis. This rejuvenated space is not just visually pleasing – it is a sanctuary that supports local biodiversity. With over 300 native plants that offer a symphony of colors throughout the year, it's a haven for hummingbirds, butterflies, and students alike.

Learning Amidst Nature

Beyond its aesthetic charm, our transformed landscape offers an opportunity for students to forge deeper connections with the natural world. It is also a place where the community can explore the possibilities of landscaping that thrives in our unique local climate. As we adapt to a changing environment, this space stands as a testament to our commitment to sustainability, education, and harmonious coexistence with nature.