PANDORA - Ninety Columbus Grove Local School students, their teachers plus adult chaperones visited the Quarry Farm Nature Preserve and Conservation Farm, Pandora, this Thursday as part of their summer school experience.

Columbus Grove Teacher Vicki Hermiller contacted The Quarry Farm earlier this spring after hearing about the farm and the many educational opportunities available to the public. She and other school educators reviewed the workshop and presentation descriptions listed on the organization's website and worked with its facilitators to tailor selected programs to suit the needs of the summer school program.

Students arrived at the Quarry Farm at noon on Thursday and enjoyed lunch on the grounds. The students then seperated into preassigned groups where they went to themed stations located at various points on the grounds. Until 2:30 p.m., the visitors met the residents of the Quarry Farm's farm animal and wildlife sanctuary, learned about beneficial insects, made lasting leaf t-shirts, experienced the flavor of edible invasive plants and garden herbs and toured the c. 1853 cabin. Diane Myer of Black Swamp Raptor Rehabilitation Center was on hand with several residents from that Pandora facility.

The Quarry Farm Nature Preserve and Conservation Farm is located at 14321 Road 7L, Pandora, Ohio and is registered as a nonprofit organization. It relies on public support and volunteer involvement to further its goal and mission to provide the opportunity for people of all ages to increase their understanding of the natural environment of Northwest Ohio and to interact with their fellow inhabitants in a sustainable manner.

Although the Quarry Farm Nature Preserve and Conservation Farm is currently open to visitors by appointment only, the board of directors is working to establish public access hours for hiking and educational events. Individuals and groups interested in visiting, or those who wish to arrange for an on- or off-site presentation, may call 419-384-7195, comment at www.thequarryfarm.com or email thequarryfarm@gmail.com.