We believe that environmental education helps students to appreciate their environment and become conscientious citizens within their community. Our unique gardening program is an environmental science model which emphasizes sustainability and resourcefulness in harmony with nature.
All Cottonwood School students participate in environmental education one to two hours per week led by our Environmental Program and Garden Directors, Kristen Hatch and Becky Pierce. Our classes offer students diverse, science-based experiences which include, but are not limited to:
- Care and feeding of chickens, including gathering eggs
- Soil improvement and composting
- Planting and harvesting vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers
- Creating and maintaining a sustainable garden, orchard and bee forage
- A school Grower’s Market which reinvests the surplus back into the program
The Cottonwood School Environmental Program and Garden is a certified Wildlife Habitat in the National Wildlife Federation's network of mini-refuges. Because of the school's conscientious planning, landscaping and sustainable gardening, wildlife may find quality habitat, food, water, cover and places to raise their young.