The Lourdes College Life Lab, located in the St. Agnes Hall, has been providing an interactive plant and animal learning laboratory for pre-K through eighth grade students for over 20 years. Students can encounter exotic birds, fresh and saltwater fish, frogs, turtles and butterflies as they learn about the ecosystems in which they live.
With a host of other woodland creatures living just outside its windows, Life Lab classes often take to the outdoors to observe the life-cycles of animals in their natural habitat. For several years, the Life Lab has also offered a summer science camp for youngsters.
Last year, the Life Lab staff, volunteers and sponsors provided numerous opportunities for children in our region. In 2010, the Life Lab will begin to focus on sustainability issues and energy in its endeavors to serve the community.
Executed in acrylics, the 16" x 8' mural depicts realistic nature settings with birds, butterflies, swans and other plant and animal creatures along with a William Wordsworth saying "Let nature be your teacher."
Kathy, Jeff, David and Mark Bixler visited the Life Lab over the Christmas holiday to tour the facility and see the mural. Two plaques near the mural credit the artist as well as the donors for this inspirational and invigorating addition.