“Connie Hardacre lived a full and rich life.” (1936-2015)
She served masterfully in many roles – wife, mother, sister, teacher, naturalist. Connie possessed a deep and abiding faith. It was the core of her very existence. The great outdoors became Connie’s playground starting with trips to her grandparents’ farm. She was a captive to the natural environment for the rest of her life.
Connie thoroughly loved the land and its creatures, rejoicing in the beauty and majesty of nature. Connie was a school teacher, harnessed lovingly to positions in the Whitefish Bay (WI) school district. When she retired, she instantly became a Riveredge volunteer, aligning herself with the Habitat Healers. She was in her element at Riveredge, caring for the land and sharing her great love for nature.
That’s why it couldn’t be more fitting Riveredge now has a new outdoor classroom in Connie’s name and honor. Please join Connie’s family on May 6 as we dedicate Connie’s Classroom to Connie and her memory. Located near the West Parking area of Riveredge, the classroom will be used by thousands of youth and adults each year as they explore and learn from the land that Connie, and so many others, cared for and loved deeply.
Schedule of Events:
- 1 PM, Gather at Connie’s Classroom: Please park in the West Parking area or on Singing Hill Road (The classroom is located next to the West Parking area.) Light refreshments will be served. Mingle while viewing the classroom and surrounding prairie.
- 1:30 PM, Program: Hear from Connie’s family and others while enjoying the spring sun. All are welcome to speak and share memories.
- 2:00 PM, Guided Wildflower Hikes and River Critter Explorations: Join a group to wander the trails and discover the glorious spring ephemerals. Educators will also be available to take the kids (or kids at heart) down to the river to collect river critters and explore them under microscopes in Connie’s Classroom.
- 2:30 PM Depart: Stay a while longer at Riveredge or travel home. Thank you for coming to celebrate the dedication of this new learning space in the memory of Connie!
All are invited and welcome to join us for this special day. To attend, please RSVP to Renee Bucholz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-375-2715