This Focus on Oceanic Environmental Education is a First Among Atlanta Schools
ATLANTA/ROSWELL (Sept. 9, 2015) – High Meadows School, an independent, International Baccalaureate® (IB) school focused on progressive education for students in preschool through eighth grade, announces a new feature to its already robust environmental education curriculum. After three years of imagining, planning and community outreach, a new Georgia native saltwater 80-gallon aquarium opens on campus to help teach High Meadows students how to be responsible citizens of sustainable world.
The salt water tank resides in the Education for Sustainability (EfS) classroom with EfS teacher Michelle Griffin, who has been recognized locally and nationally for her work in environmental education including City of Roswell Environmental School and Teacher of the Year. Kindergarten through third grade students worked diligently last year using math, science and teamwork to prepare the ocean habitat. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Resources Division and naturalists at the Tidelands Nature Center on Jekyll Island helped stock the tank which features a variety of species representing coastal Georgia.
As the only school in Atlanta with a Georgia native saltwater tank to use as a teaching resource, the 80-gallon tank is now home to five different species of fish, two species of whelks, a male and female blue crab, five sea snails, two urchins and one star fish (currently regenerating two new legs!).
Respect for the natural environment touches every element of High Meadows, including curricular education, extra-curricular activities, and a commitment to build and operate according to the highest environmental standards. The school is recognized as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School, Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat, Georgia Native Plant Habitat, Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary and received its Pollinator Garden Certification from Monarchs Across Georgia, among other designations. To learn more about High Meadows School and its environmental sustainability works, visit www.highmeadows.org/about-us-environmental-responsibility.
About High Meadows School:
Established in 1973 and located on more than 40 wooded acres in Roswell, Ga., High Meadows School is an independent, International Baccalaureate® (IB) school focused on progressive education for students age three through eighth grade. As a member of the acclaimed IB Programme, High Meadows teaches children to meet the challenges of the future with an inquiry-based, integrated curriculum that inspires students to think critically, learn creatively, act globally and live compassionately. High Meadows is a school fully committed to the principles of progressive education, guiding and empowering our students to develop intrinsic motivation, take ownership of their learning, and learn to become confident self advocates. Find us at www.highmeadows.org, on Twitter @HighMeadowsGA and Facebook.
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For information, contact Lisa Tilt