DOVER, Mass., Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Charles River School (CRS), an independent PreK – 8 school in MetroWest Boston, is pleased to announce the opening of the Wetlands Laboratory – an outdoor classroom containing ADA-compliant nature trails, boardwalks, bridges, and platforms for water sampling and viewing. Situated on three and a half acres of the school's campus, the space is a resource for communities in surrounding towns, as well as for CRS students.
The Laboratory officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by members of the Dover Conservation Commission, local Selectmen, a representative from the Audubon Society and members of the Charles River School community. As the gold ribbon across the entrance was cut, children and adults clad in rain boots eagerly took to the trails, exploring the wonderful space.
"Outdoor learning is an important aspect of our curriculum at Charles River School; we recognized an opportunity on our own campus to expand students' environmental education, and also provide a resource for nearby communities," said Gretchen Larkin, Head of School, Charles River School. "We hope these trails and boardwalks will be enjoyed by both children and adults, alike, and that this resource will help children learn about our natural world and grow as environmental stewards."
This Laboratory is intended to be a resource for residents from nearby communities (such as Needham, Wellesley and Medfield) and a wide range of local community groups such as:
- Public school science classes for wetlands study
- Preschools for trails and as a safe, quiet, outdoor space
- Scouting Troops troop activities and community service
- The Dover Council on Aging, and other senior citizen groups, for a peaceful and accessible walking area
- Local churches, for spiritual reflection and fellowship
In addition, Campers at CRCAP (Charles River School's summer program) will integrate the wetlands into courses such as nature photography, creative writing, and creative cartography.
"Charles River School has added a remarkable learning resource to the greater community," said Candace McCann, Selectman for the Town of Dover. "With characteristic thoroughness, staff and volunteers worked tirelessly with Dover Conservation Commission, Agent George Giunta, Audubon, and other contributors to make create an area for observation and study, while protecting a pristine wetland on school property. Congratulations!"
"The boardwalks provide an outdoor classroom where students and visitors can explore and interact with the environment without disturbing important habitats. This space will deepen people's understanding of environmental science, annual changes in the wetlands, and the impact of climate change right here in Dover," said Annie Kenney, Charles River School science teacher for Grades 3, 4 and 5. "There are numerous places to sit and journal or sketch, or lay on your back and observe the canopy above. It's an exciting addition to our campus!"
The Wetlands Laboratory is open to visitors. The school asks that groups interested in visiting the Lab contact the school prior to visiting; individuals and families may come at their discretion.
About Charles River School
Founded in 1911, Charles River School (CRS) is an independent school for grades PreK – 8 that educates students through a progressive, hands-on, child-centered approach to learning. We continue to be led by our mission and a passionate commitment to educate the whole child. At CRS, we nurture and challenge students, providing them with a creative, intellectual, and social education; our students are the leaders and innovators of tomorrow. Learn more at www.charlesriverschool.org.
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