Earth Week: Expanding our Palate with a Foraging Walk

Published On: May 1st, 2024 | Categories: Food for Thought |


 
 
Last week’s Earth Week highlights included a special visit from Mr. Clay Morris, a restoration ecologist. He led a group of second graders and their sixth grade big buddies onto the Crocker Conservancy for a Foraging Walk. During this fascinating experience, students discovered a variety of native and invasive plants along the nature trail that can be eaten by humans. It was a fun and engaging way to introduce students to new foods that might expand their palate. During this hands-on learning experience, students also gained an appreciation for the interconnectedness of nature and the role that plants play in the food web. Click on the video below to see this learning experience in action.
 

 
 

The Crocker Conservancy

 
We are continually using the lens of NEAL (Nature Enhanced Approach to Learning) as we create, amend, and reflect upon our curriculum. The Crocker Conservancy adds a whole new dimension to the scope of the NEAL program, allowing for the 47 acres directly behind the school to become an outdoor laboratory for hands-on experiential learning.

The Crocker Conservancy is made up of the 47-acres located in the back of our campus. There are three main habitats on the Crocker Conservancy, including a wetland habitat, warm season grass and wild flower meadow and hardwood forests. Each unique learning space offers real-world opportunities for students to learn and discover.
 
 

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