“There’s no better therapy than to enjoy nature’s gifts.” Those words once said by Robert Gilmore still ring true to Alex Fuller, site manager of Scott’s Prairie. Back in 2004, Gilmore gifted the 76-acre farm, now called Scott’s Prairie, to Children’s Home as a place for the kids we serve to escape their daily troubles.
Alex Fuller, who has been with Children’s Home for almost nine years, has seen firsthand how impactful Scott’s Prairie can be on the lives of our kids. “Just watching some of our clients come out here, seeing their faces light up and forget about the problems in their lives makes it all worthwhile.”
When asked what exactly makes their faces light up, Fuller could barely contain his smile. There are many activities our kids can participate in at Scott’s Prairie, including fishing in the on-site pond, hiking the trails, working in the garden, enjoying campfires, hayrack rides and just simple unstructured activities such as playing catch with a football.
What brings Fuller joy is being able to see our kids experience these outdoor activities for the very first time in their lives. Many of our kids have never caught a fish or worked in a garden before. “Witnessing someone discover an interest that was never there before gets right to the heart of the mission of the agency.”
Gilmore, former president of Caterpillar, first purchased the property in 1980. On-site there sits a railroad caboose that was a gift to Gilmore for serving on the board of Burlington Northern/Santa Fe. Every Friday evening, Fuller will stock the fireplace in the caboose with wood. Then, every Saturday morning, Gilmore will stop by the property, light a fire and enjoy the peaceful sights of nature.