History of the Oblate Ecological Initiative
2020 This year began with plans to launch La Vista Learning Garden's programs with Vernon DePauw as presenter and gardener. We had to shift gears in March when COVID limited our gatherings. We continued some programs outdoors, around a fire pit, or in the barn.
In August construction began on the Novitiate building, and the Learning Center office moved off-campus. We continued programs outdoors until winter when we moved to online programming. Our virtual Winter Solstice Celebration was a delight anyway, with longtime participants helping to lead the event very successfully. This challenging year turned out to be one for drawing closer to one another and deepening our appreciation of the land at La Vista.