Program : Middle School : Environmental Education
Environmental education happens every day on our unique campus of gently sloping land, beautiful trees, and rare wetland ecosystems.
- learning about freshwater ecology at our streams, springs, and pond.
- observing a flying squirrel, blue heron, great-horned owl, or a passing flock of cranes.
- identifying the tracks of mink, fox, and coyote.
- learning land stewardship practices by clearing invasive species and planting native prairie and savannah plants.
- keeping a journal about a favorite site in our Forested Fen.
The school has a full-time naturalist and an assistant who meet with students in Preschool through Grade 8 on a regular basis,
in addition to their regular science curriculum. The amount of time spent in environmental education increases in complexity and
frequency as students move through the grade levels. At any time in the school year, students can be found hiking, studying rocks,
bird watching, looking for animal tracks in the snow, monitoring a stream, observing wildlife, or carrying out multiple tasks to
improve the campus environment. Echoing the program’s philosophy of appreciation, understanding, and action, the Lower School
curriculum focuses primarily on discovering and learning, while Middle School students tackle the task of putting their knowledge
and understanding into action. At all levels interaction with the environment provides ample opportunity to put into practice
such Character Building Qualities as respect, resourcefulness, and good judgment.