Our Annual Wreath Rendezvous With the Voyagers

Every summer, we welcome area teachers to Forest Park for our Voyage of Learning Teachers' Academy. This professional development program is focused on encouraging teachers to utilize the Park for experiential learning programs with their students throughout the year. 

VOLTA alumni, affectionately known as Voyagers, are invited back several times a year for Rendezvous events where they can re-engage with each other and Forest Park Forever staff. The most recent rendezvous allowed our Voyagers to create winter wreaths using materials collected throughout the Park. 

Forest Park Forever’s Land Management team assembled a great collection of natural materials, from the switch grass of Government Hill to the Siberian iris pods found behind the Visitor Center. Seed pods from honey locust, magnolias and Kentucky coffee trees could be found woven into the grapevine wreaths, as well as river oats from Deer Lake and crepe myrtle from the DeBalievere entrance zone. Looking around the room was a reminder of the incredible beauty and diversity of the Park. 

Flip through this slideshow to see images from this hands-on event and get inspired to create your own DIY wreath this holiday season!

It is so cool to have a wreath where I know where each item came from — it makes my connection to the Park so tangible.
— A participating Voyager

We are now accepting applications for our 2016 Voyage of Learning Teachers' Academy. Please click here to learn more about this exciting program and submit your application!