Eagle Hill School brings science to life

Planted just a few years ago, Eagle Hill’s education garden is now reaping its bounty.

The garden, which was funded by the school’s annual benefit, is being used in a variety of ways as an educational tool. The school’s chef uses the garden’s seasonal bounty to enhance the food choices in Eagle Hill’s dining room, and science and math classes regularly visit the site for learning experiences.

Beehives were also added to the campus and students have been able to observe how bees make honeycombs and even tasted their first honey. This year, visiting the beehives was added to the offerings in the Annual  Benefit Silent Auction.

Now, maple sugaring has come to Eagle Hill. What began as a seasonal outdoor project has now produced maple syrup that was recently used to make caramel candy. During the winter, the students studied various science concepts related to maple sugaring, such as density, freezing/thawing, evaporation, life cycle and plant processes, and energy.

Maple syrup production for this first year was hindered by the winter’s low temperatures, but the students were “thrilled with their first attempt at collecting sap.” As one student exclaimed during her first sample of the candy, “It tastes like the crunchy top of a creme brûlée!”

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