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It all starts with an Acorn… 

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Plants are magnificent things. They start small but grow over time. And over time, they have an impact. People, too, are magnificent. They start small but grow over time. And over time, they also have an impact! 

Let’s take a look at the plantings from previous Acorn Days, which show how students, families and staff have impacted the Oakhill landscape through time. 

Eastern Blue Star

One of our 11 Eastern Blue Star plants, planted in 2019 is blooming now! And although we are not there to witness it, this plant species provides nectar to Ruby-throated Hummingbirds that migrate through the area or nest nearby.


Swainson's Thrush

Earlier this week, a Swainson’s Thrush, migrating from wooded areas of Central and South America on its way to the coniferous forests of Canada, takes a rest and gleans insects from an Eastern Redbud tree planted at Oakhill on Acorn Day in 2013. 


Black Swallowtail

A Black Swallowtail butterfly spreads its wings on the trunk of an Eastern Redbud tree planted in a previous Acorn Day. 


Studying plants

Second graders study plant life cycles from plantings of the 2019 Acorn Day project. 


Yellow Warbler

The flowers and leaves from the oak tree - once an acorn - feed the insects that sustain the Yellow Warbler on its journey from Central America. This Yellow Warbler spent a morning visiting the oaks lining the north playground. There are five oaks at Oakhill Day School from previous Acorn Day projects!


Students and Skippers

Two third graders study a skipper (similar to butterflies and moths) as it lands in one student’s palm. Skippers came because of the magnificent plants we grow around Oakhill, and in turn, they help our magnificent students grow too!




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Oakhill Day School
7019 N. Cherry Street Gladstone, MO 64118
Phone: 816.436.6228
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