Somers Middle School students gained a green thumb Tuesday as part of the Forest Service's 'More Kids in the Woods' initiative. The Flathead Audubon Society and the Flathead National Forest received $16,000 in funding to bring native plant gardens to schools in the valley.
More Kids in the Woods aims to keep kids outdoors and spark curiosity about nature. The garden at Somers Middle School provides a hands-on experience for students who planted native plants like thimbleberry to attract native birds.
"Being out here today is great because we get to be outside, not stuck in a classroom," said Presley Knowlton. "We get to have fun planting and getting the experience."
Glacier High School and three other elementary/middle schools currently have native plant gardens.