Environmental Learning

Environmental education at RPCS teaches children and adults how to investigate the natural environment and how to make intelligent, informed decisions.

Students learn about the environment in classrooms, on the playground, in the Backwoods, on outdoor education trips, and in the community at nature centers, museums, parks, and zoos.  Learning about the environment involves many subjects—science, social studies, math  and language arts—because understanding how the environment works, and keeping it healthy, involves knowledge and skills from many disciplines.

At RPCS we want students to know

  • That the choices they make every day affect the environment.
  • That their choices can help or harm the environment.
  • That their actions do make a difference, and they can improve the quality of life both for themselves and for future generations.

Environmental Education

  • Preschool students visit the Backwoods with their handcrafted "binoculars".
  • Our Monarch Waystation provides nectar plants and milkweed for Monarchs on their long migration. Students rear, tag and release Monarchs into the garden.
  • In the Three Sisters Garden, students grow corn, beans and squash the way Native Americans grew them 400 years ago. Third grade students celebrate the fall harvest.
  • The 2012 Kaleidoscope class, Creating a Native Urban Meadow, taught adults how to establish a meadow in an urban yard. Students and adults helped establish the new meadow at RPCS.
  • 8th grade students plant trees while on their outdoor learning expedition in West Virginia.
  • In 9th grade biology classes, students study soil microbes in a soil ecology research project entitled “The Little Things that Run the World”.
  • In Sustainable Design and Engineering, 12th grade students race cars that they design and build in class.