Eagle Hill School connects with nature

Eagle Hill School teacher Ms. Bunner shares in the excitement as Foundations student Tyler Celiberti laughs at the frog on his arm during an Earth Day assembly. The assembly was part of a full roster of activities and special guests that included sessions on biodiesel fuels, stream studies, native pollinators, solar energy, and much more.

Eagle Hill School teacher Ms. Bunner shares in the excitement as Foundations student Tyler Celiberti laughs at the frog on his arm during an Earth Day assembly. The assembly was part of a full roster of activities and special guests that included sessions on biodiesel fuels, stream studies, native pollinators, solar energy, and much more.

You don’t have to be in school to become a student of the earth, but it definitely helps. That’s what Eagle Hill School faculty found when they traveled around the campus with their class groups to participate in this year’s Earth Day festivities.

Eagle Hill Students worked at different stations, all based on the overall theme, CONNECT with Nature.

At the Solar Cooking station, Erik Hoffner showed the students how to boil water in less than four minutes with a  solar cooker, eliminate the use of wood or coal, and create a means for Third World country citizens to easily access clean water or cook food. Other members of the local community stepped in to share their expertise on solar energy, biodiesel fuels, and the recycling of metals from electronics, while Eagle Hill’s own experts, such as Beth Segaloff, provided an in-depth exploration of how organizations such as the Clearwater Initiative help Ugandans obtain clean drinking water.

One of Eagle Hill’s newest ventures, the beehives, were a popular focus of the day. Students viewed the growing frames and tasted honeycomb. The school is looking forward to the receipt of 20,000 new honeybees from southern California to build new hives this year.

At the Farm to Table station, Chef Carlos cooked spinach freshly picked and washed by Eagle Hill students. The students are completely involved in growing, caring for, and picking the vegetables from the garden, which regularly supplies the school kitchen during the year. Other highlights of the day included a tree walk with Head of School Marjorie Castro, an up-close look at a recycling truck, bird-feeder building, flower planting and more. Upper School student Sarah Nicholson said that for her, “the best part was Tai Chi with Mr. Moore,” while Connor Redmond was sure that it was days like this that confirmed his future career as a marine biologist.

During the event, students proudly sported t-shirts that had been stamped with the winning 2014 Earth Day design by Max Johns.

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