Land Lab


The Liberty Union-Thurston Local School District has a thirty acre plot of land donated by E.N. Sands in 1972. The LU-T School Board of Education has full administrative power over the area. The plot consists of nine acres of cropland and twenty one acres of woodlands. In that woodlands, there are six acres of marsh, seven acres of mature woodland, three acres of creek bank, and five acres of wet forest land. In 1992, the LU-T District and Ed Sands entered into a verbal agreement to jointly purchase a 12 acre tract of land that would make the existing land lab contiguous to other school property. However, at the closing Mr. Sands offered to purchase the property and deed it to the district in return for on-going commitment for improvements to the land lab and also using it for educational purposes. There is a shelter house, raised garden beds, prairie grasses and perennial flower beds, and a Sands Memorial at the entrance of the wooded area, which is accessible by an Interactive Path.

Blue Heron Cam

Master Plan

The Liberty Union-Thurston Board of Education promotes the use of the Land Lab for educational purposes for students. A School Board Land Lab Committee is tasked with intentional planning regarding the facilities, curriculum, and maintenance of the area. The Committee acts as an advisory board to evaluate progress on this plan and suggest ideas for future use.  The goal of the Master Plan is to outline a five year plan for the land laboratory.  Click here for Master Plan

The school district is proud of the partnership with the Fairfield County Park District for the Wagner Preserve which sits just south of the school district property.  Click here for the Master Plan of that property.  Questions regarding the Wagner Preserve should be directed to Marcey Shafer at 740-243-4436 or [email protected].
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