At Powhatan School we use an approach called N.E.A.L. (Nature Enhanced Approach to Learning). Using nature while studying art in kindergarten is a perfect fit. This particular project is wrapped around the study of Land Art by renown artist Andy Goldsworthy, a British sculptor and environmentalist. This particular study explored repetition. Our students do this by visiting the Nature Trail on the Crocker Conservancy and finding sticks to take back to the classroom.


NEAL is a lens through which we can teach any or all components of our curriculum. We use it to bring our students outside into the natural world and to bring the natural world indoors to our students.

Interested in more information about NEAL or the Crocker Conservancy? Check out these projects:

Third Grade: Wetlands Field Day

Podcast about the Crocker Conservancy

Fifth Grade: Teaching Measurement via NEAL