Sustainability at Woodlawn

In Woodlawn Gardens...

Our gardens are maintained in accordance with organic gardening principles as an outdoor classroom to learn about sustainability in a hands-on way.  In our gardens students experience cycles in nature and the complex process of food production.  In our gardens we experience ecology at work as the pollinators help the plants and the plants are, in turn, the homes and food sources of our birds, bees and insects.  In our gardens we learn about soil quality and soil nutrients and we use only composted manure as a fertilizer.

Through Service Learning...

Our service learning program focuses on sustainability.  In 5th grade recycling students learn about reusing, reducing and recycling resources and run the school's recycling program.  In 6th grade animal advocacy students learn about protection of habitat for wild animals and maintain the wildlife garden for our birds, bees and insects. In 9th grade service, students examine sustainability through discussions, readings, field trips and by getting hand-on experience helping at an organic farm.

In the Classroom...

Woodlawn students also learn about sustainability. Second grade students learn about decomposition and composting and build a compost pile for their class.  In 6th grade science students learn about ecology and how all factors in nature are interrelated.  In field study and through the study of animals and evolution, students learn about the natural balance that nature elegantly achieves.