In the Fall of 2012, students from all AP, Honors, and Freshman Academy Environmental Science classes planted 50 native trees such as river birch, black gum, sycamore, tulip poplar, and persimmon. Subsequent classes have been measuring tree diameter every spring. See newspaper article below for details.
Wide Angle During Planting
Our Forester Shows How It Is Done
This is a Cinch
Newspaper Article for Tree Planting
# 2 - Bluebird Trail Restoration
During the 2015-16 school year, students from various organizations have, and will continue to, restore our once lengthy bluebird trail. The trail was destroyed during the razing of our old school. The Freshman Agricultural Science students designed and built the bluebird boxes. The trail, when finished, will contain homes for 20 pairs of breeding bluebirds.
In the Fall of 2015, Freshman Biology and Environmental Science students participated in a number of workshops to learn why wetland were important, how to plant emergent grass species, and see the plan for the wetland reconstruction. After performing a number of exploratory lessons in class they were prepared to visit the site again to plant the grasses. This is an on-going project designed to fulfill environmental literacy requirements.
#4 - Chestnut Tree Restoration Project
In the Fall of 2015 our Agricultural Science and AP Environmental Science students returned to the Chestnut tree planting site to measure the trees. Height and circumference at ground level readings were recorded and sent to the grant managers at the Calvert Forestry Board and the American Chestnut Land Trust. This will be a yearly project to monitor the health of this once dominant tree on the east coast.