and 4th grade students participated in a two day
program that composed of an education day and a planting
day. Students contributed to a discussion regarding where
their water travels from school and discovered that they
live within the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River Watersheds.
Students learned their impact on others downstream through a
hands-on activity. The students realized that they wanted to
decrease the amount of pollution entering their local
stream, Town Run.
planting day students installed seven shrub trees, species
included: Blackhaw Viburm, Common Spicebush, and Hazelnut,
in the school’s new outdoor classroom area. This area has
benches for seating and a recent structure was built to hold
a large screen for projections. The area is already heavily
wooded and has a wetland space along one boundary. The new
shrub trees were planted along the entranceway and scattered
throughout the space. Two classes of students worked to
plant the trees. Additionally there were patches of native
plants added to the outdoor learning space and wetland area
that included Butterfly Weed, Monkey Flower, and Purple
Coneflower to just name a few. In total there were 79 native
plants installed composed of 20 different species.