This actually came from a parent, not a student.
Parent: Why do you have poison ivy here?
Me: Poison ivy?
Parent: Yeah, my son is really allergic. Why would you have it here?
Me: Well, this is a nature center and it’s a native plant. We don’t “have” it. It just grows here naturally.
Parent: Wouldn’t you want to get rid of it?
Me: It’s impossible to get rid of all the poison ivy in the entire center. We clear the trails of it but it will always grow back.
Parent: That doesn’t sound good.
Me: Well, it’s nature, so… That’s just the way it works.