For the past two years we have had a group of dedicated people age 30 and over working on creating EcoVillage Charlottesville. Our Board of Directors and folks on a variety of committees have been working to plan and build this amazing community. And now we have begun profiting from the involvement of youth from our surrounding community.
Local scouts have been getting involved: Their need for projects has brought our first scout, Alexander Dowell. He built and put up two bat houses with attached information on the value of bats in our environment. (Sometimes feared and often misunderstood, bats are important and fascinating animals.) Alex’s bat houses are just the first of many such beneficial and educational project possibilities that other scouts are considering. We eagerly await their projects.
UVA students involved in “Engineers without Boarders” have taken on two projects: One group has taken on the job of turning the chlorinated swimming pool that came with our
property into a natural swimming pool without chemicals. They have researched design possibilities all winter and are presenting their plan to our Design Committee this week.They will be working to rebuild the pool for swimming enjoyment.
The second group has been working to create a unique ecoplayground. They have planned three activity theme areas that will encourage wonderful learning experiences for
children of all ages. We appreciate both these student groups’ hard and dedicated workso far, and we are looking forward excitedly to seeing their projects completed this
spring. You will want to check them out.
On any given day there are the sounds of young children playing on the grounds. We provide a homeschool classroom space in our Community House for socialization. And our outdoor spaces are a wonderful place to enhance young children’s experiences of the natural world. These children and their families are such a delightful addition to our days.
Having youth be a part of the EcoVillage Charlottesville, even at this developing stage, is just one part of fulfilling our vision. Piece by piece our place is becoming the showcase for all to come, spend time and learn the important ways of living a sustainable and