York High School Garden Club earning acclaim for environmental efforts

Groups such as National Wildlife Foundation, Monarch Watch bestow certifications

Brenton Russo, Kevin Homan, Barrett Sullivan, Will Corrado, Elle Hainey and Libby Penna, members of the York High School Garden Club, were awarded certifications from several organizations recently for the club's gardens. (Photo provided by Elmhurst Garden Club)

ELMHURST – As the campus gardens at York High School continue to grow, so grows the list of accolades piled upon the students who shape them.

York High School’s Garden Club has recently been awarded a series of certifications from various organizations for its work on the campus gardens, according to a news release. These certifications include recognitions by:

The National Wildlife Federation as a wildlife habitat;

Monarch Watch as a Certified Monarch Waystation;

The Conservation Foundation for promoting an environmentally friendly area; and

Xerces Society as a pollinator garden.

Signs denoting these achievements will be posted in the club’s butterfly garden, which is located in an exterior courtyard on the north side of the school.

The high school’s garden club is affiliated with the Elmhurst Garden Club, which provides mentors to help the students with the development and maintenance of the school gardens. The campus gardens will be included in the Elmhurst Garden Club’s annual Garden Walk, scheduled to take place July 9.

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