COPLEY: Student tour guide Isabella Lee had just one instruction for the visitors of the Arrowhead Primary School Nature Zone.
"You should get your brains ready," Lee said.
The school held a special Earth Day event Monday evening. Visitors were invited to tour the gardens and sample foods prepared using some ingredients raised last season.
Fourth grader Riley Meeker showed off Arrowhead's greenhouse, where potted Mother's Day Plants were being grown.
He described zucchini fritters made with last year's vegetable harvest. He added the school's salsa was his favorite, despite not being allowed to add hot jalapeno peppers to the mix.
The Nature Zone was created in 1998 and is located on 3.5 acres behind the school.
Students learn and explore in seven theme gardens, pumpkin and berry patches, a sunflower garden and a chicken coop with nine current occupants.
Principal Andrew La Badie addressed the crowd of about 60 and announced that they were in the process of creating an endowment fund with the Akron Community Foundation.
La Badie says the goal is to ensure 20 years down the road and beyond, the Nature Zone will continue and thrive.
A walk is scheduled for May 24, with the goal of raising $5,000. Private donors have come forward to match the funds up to the $5,000, and La Badie's dream is to have $10,000 to start the fund.
Local luminaries, including Sen. Frank LaRose, and Arrowhead graduate Betsy Kling of WKYC visited the event.