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Educational tours benefit from grant

Published: Saturday, March 2, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
Volunteer educators at Fulton's Windmill Cultural Center will use their $750 grant from the D.S. Flikkema Foundation for materials for school field trips and youth tours. Pictured are (from left) Ken Tiesman of the Fulton Association for Community Enrichment, and volunteer educators, Joy VanZuiden, Kathy Rynders, Betty Wiebenga, Pam VanZuiden, and Nancy Kolk. Photo submitted by Heather Bennett.

FULTON – The $750 D.S. Flikkema Foundation grant received by the volunteer educators at the Windmill Cultural Center will go toward materials to enhance school field trips and youth tours.

Flikkema was an advocate for science education. The windmill lends itself to lesson plans which focus on simple machines, wind and weather, and mechanical advantage.

Every year, the volunteer educators write curriculum which emphasizes different science components and cultural adventures.

The theme this year is “Wheels Around the World.”

The stations will feature a science component “Gear Up,” an interactive story “Mailing May,” and the use of wheels to explore the 10 European countries of the 23 windmills at the center, 111 10th Ave.

The curriculum is adaptable for ages 6 and older.

Groups must have one adult sponsor for every 10 children. The tours, with a maximum of 50 students per hour, are offered at 10 and 11:30 a.m., and 1 p.m. April through October.

The cost is $1 each. Proceeds will be used toward operations and enhancement of the windmill area.

The volunteer educators are Gaile Brinkman, Trudy Feldt, Ken Huizenga, Nancy Kolk, Kathy Rynders, Larry Senior, Joy VanZuiden, Pam VanZuiden, Deb Wheat, and Betty Wiebenga.

Tour reservations are necessary; contact Heather Bennett at or 815-589-4545.

On Wednesday, Bob Motz will present “Spring Wildflowers of the Forest” at the center. Through colored slides, he will focus on wildflowers seen from March to May in area woods.

He will include natural history stories about edible and poisonous flowers used by pioneers and Native Americans.

Participants are welcome to stop by at 9 a.m. for refreshments; the program begins at 9:20 a.m.

The program is free; and the building is handicap accessible.

For more information, call Bennett.

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