Controlled Burn:

During the unusually warm spell last week third graders were able to trek out onto the Crocker Conservancy to look for owl pellets in preparation for dissection in the lab later in the week. Students were able to uncover evidence of animal life in the meadow habitat because of the recent Controlled Burn.


In early December Powhatan School received a visit from the Virginia Department of Forestry to conduct what is known as a Controlled Burn. The team from the Department of Forestry used their expertise not only to burn the entire meadow, but also to share with students the process and benefits of the burn. Take a minute to view the video above to learn more about the impact to the meadow of the Controlled Burn.


The Crocker Conservancy:

At Powhatan, students have easy access to the outdoors and are using our campus, including the addition of the Crocker Conservancy, to map trails, read or write nature poems, adopt trees and square meters for observation of changes, record data in journals, run and walk the trails, and raise trout for release in the stream. The Crocker Conservancy consists of the 47-acres located in the back of our campus. It includes hardwood forests, a wetland habitat, and warm season grass / wildflower meadow. This was yet another example of using the lens of NEAL (Nature Enhanced Approach to Learning) to learn outside of the classroom.



Due to her work teaching conservation and environmental education, Mrs. Coutts was chosen for Virginia’s Conservation Education Teacher of the Year Award in Elementary Education (2018).

Want to learn more about a Controlled Burn? Click on this link to visit the North Carolina State Cooperative Extension education page and learn about the history and benefits of a Controlled Burn!