On Thursday the third grade will dissect owl pellets in the Lower School Science Lab. To prepare for the upcoming lab activity, Ms. Coutts took students out onto the Crocker Conservancy yesterday (Yay – 60 degree weather in January!) to explore possible owl habitats on campus, including the burned out wildflower and grass meadow. There, they found a number of vole nests that would normally be covered by the thick tall grass. Students learned firsthand about various animals that live in and around the meadow that could be food sources for the owls, and species that might show up in their owl pellets on Thursday.





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. We are continually using the lens of NEAL (Nature Enhanced Approach to Learning) as we create, amend, and reflect upon our curriculum in all areas. The Crocker Conservancy is the 47-acres located in the back of our campus that allows for broaden into wetland habitats, warm season grass and wild flower fields and hardwood forests. What a wonderful learning venue for our students and faculty and it is just a step beyond our classroom doors. Many schools much travel hours to enjoy this type of resource, we simply walk past the playground.