Powhatan School is pleased to announce the gift of 27-acres by the Crocker, Brengle and Osborne families.
Head of School, Billy Peebles, along with the Board of Trustees, made a formal announcement unveiling the gift in a letter to families this week. “We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the Crocker, Brengle, and Osborne families for their generosity and commitment to education,” commented Mr. Peebles. “As you know, it was Mrs. Isabelle Crocker who gave us a home (the original Powhatan School house) and the initial 14 acres in 1957. This most recent gift of 27 acres brings our total campus size to 90 acres – such amazing space in support of our mission, programs, and people. Sincere thanks are due to Tom Gilpin, John Lathrop, and Sue Scarborough for their unrelenting efforts across many years to secure our beautiful spaces. Also, our attorney and a former Powhatan parent, Mike Bryan, provided very helpful counsel and documentation in finalizing this extraordinary gift.”
The Crocker Conservancy:
The Crocker Conservancy is an outdoor laboratory for hands-on experiential learning for students of all ages. With this generous gift of 27-acres, the Crocker Conservancy now spans 74-acres on 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. The Crocker Conservancy is home to the Busch von Gontard Family Wetlands Boardwalk and the Anderson Family Outdoor Classroom (Pavilion). Each unique learning space offers real-world opportunities for students to learn and discover.
Nature Enhanced Approach to Learning (NEAL):
At Powhatan School we use an approach called Nature Enhanced Approach to Learning (NEAL). 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. By utilizing our natural resources across campus, faculty are able to create robust outdoor learning experiences at all grade levels.