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Habitat Restoration & Conservation

In 2012, we began a restoration project to sustain native species and strengthen biodiversity. Led by Lower School science teacher Bill Earley, students helped clear invasive brush, plant seeds, and create ponds to strengthen biodiversity. Wildlife sightings have increased in recent years and include armadillos, deer, rabbits, cats, ringtails, foxes, bobcats, coyotes and more. You can read a report on the state of our wildlife preserve:

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In addition to helping local species thrive, Trinity students have completed some construction projects to help people enjoy our nature preserve. These projects include restoring a historic homestead, constructing the Natural Classroom, dredging a water drainage channel, building a wooden bridge and erecting the Chimney Swift Tower. These efforts to preserve our environment have helped transform our outdoor spaces into places of conservation as well as exploration and tranquility.

 

Integrating Conservation into the Curriculum

On our tours, you'll see plenty of examples of active, engaged learning taking place in our classrooms, but we believe learning shouldn't be confined to a classroom. Our curriculum includes outdoor opportunities like gardening and habitat restoration right here on our 21-acre campus.

“We look to restore native spaces to create a healthy and diverse wildlife community,” said Bill Earley, who teaches science and social studies at Trinity. “We're addressing our community space and working to create an environment where wildlife can coexist with us.”

This trail restoration project is designed to increase students' awareness and appreciation of their natural environment and to instill a higher level of work ethic and stewardship. Students discuss urban sprawl and development, habitat fragmentation and loss of natural resources. They also analyze population data to determine if the project has had a positive effect, both for individual species and the wildlife community as a whole. Then students use their knowledge to educate others by building presentations and leading parents on tours.

“In social studies, students develop ways of thinking drawn from many academic disciplines,” Mr. Earley said. “They learn how to analyze their own and others’ opinions and ideas on important issues and hopefully become motivated to participate in their communities as active and informed citizens.”

A Look Inside

Fourth Graders Combat Soil Erosion and Invasive Plants
Students restore a hiking trail and, in the process, learn about soil erosion and invasive plants. 

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Want to see other examples of our curriculum in action? Check out more classroom videos like the one above. Other subjects include art, English, mathematics, Mandarin and more! 

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