"We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."
- David Brower
Ecosystem in the classroom
At every school, we install several tanks that simulate local microcosms, such as streams or ponds. Students raise a diverse variety of native plants and animals that they will release at the end. Throughout the year, students learn about local food chains and the interdependence of life.
Caption: Students plant Bacopa Monnieri into the substrate of their tidal Potomac tank.
Virtual Reality workshop
We believe that classrooms should incorporate the latest advances in teaching, and we strive to integrate 21st century teaching tools into our curriculum. Virtual reality is one tool that allows students to have more immersive and meaningful learning experiences.
Caption: Students in Maury Elementary School take a trip to the Amazon rainforest.
It’s important that students see the value of environmental science beyond education and public policy, but also commercially. In our lab students students have bred and sold a combination of native and exotic species to raise $3500 for conservation.
Caption: An volunteer proudly displays the crayfish his students have bred in their indoor culture.
Youth fishing program
Spending quality time outdoors is important part of gaining an appreciation for the environment and what it can offer. We run a free fishing program in the spring, summer, and fall where we take youth to local ponds and streams in partnership with local landowners.
Caption: Holding their rods, students at the Clarksville program stand together for a picture.
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