Nolan Melchin Memorial Outdoor Classroom Opens in Waterloo Ontario

09 Oct 2015

Greenhorizons Sod Farms is Proud to Support the Nolan Melchin Memorial Outdoor Classroom at the Laurel Creek Nature Centre in Waterloo, ON.

On Saturday, October 3, 2015, the Nolan Melchin Memorial Outdoor Classroom officially opened. This special outdoor classroom is dedicated to the life of Nolan Melchin who passed away March 28, 2013, at the tender age of 6 after battling an aggressive pediatric brain tumour.

Nolan Melchin loved nature, and loved to learn. So Nolan’s parents, Melanie Shaw and Todd Melchin thought of a beautiful way to honor Nolan’s life - the Nolan Melchin Memorial Outdoor Classroom.

Upon hearing about the Melchin family's sad news and the inspired way in which they wished to honour Nolan’s all too short life, Greenhorizons Sod Farms happily stepped up and offered to supply the Melchin family with sod to help make the outdoor classroom dream a reality.

Melanie Shaw & Todd Melchin, friends, family and the community helped raise over $30,000 and with the help of Grand River Conservation Foundation and Earthscape, the Nolan Melchin Memorial Outdoor Classroom was created.

The Nolan Melchin Memorial Outdoor Classroom includes a research area with child-sized discovery tables & trees for natural shade, the “hill”, a meeting location for children and instructors, with amphitheater style seating, an instructional stage, and large trees for natural shade and a chickadee feeding station.

For more information about Nolan and the Nolan Melchin Memorial Outdoor Classroom can be found by visiting

Laurel Creek Nature Centre
525 Beaver Creek Road
Waterloo, ON N2V 2L3

Media Contact; Audrey Nesbitt

Last Modified: Thursday 28 April 2016 08:10
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