Green Acres School is committed to outdoor learning—teaching the understanding of and respect for the natural world. We use our entire 15 acre campus as our classroom, extending lessons to the woods, streams, playgrounds, and athletic fields. Our teachers and staff routinely work with our students to compost, recycle, and tend gardens. In many ways, students not only enjoy the outdoors, but also develop a healthy sense of preservation and stewardship for the environment.
Our Lower School and Middle School students spend time in the woodlands, stream, gardens, and fields of our campus, observing natural science at work.
GREEN EFFORTS ON CAMPUS—EARTH DAY AND EVERY DAY
We have been working to “green” the School for many years. Following a two year application process, Green Acres was recognized as a certified Maryland Green School by the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) in 2015, and again in 2019. Our community promotes awareness of environmental stewardship, conservation, and acting as a catalyst for change. Every day at our school we teach our students to respect our environment. Whether it’s by working together to compost and recycle, asking students to prepare natural decorations as event centerpieces or having our staff select green caterers, we teach our students to preserve our environment for the future.
At least once a year, in every grade, students participate in environmental education both on and off campus.
Our campus is made even more beautiful by our 10 acres of native habitat, on-site creek, Monarch Waystation, student gardens, and agreenhouse.
Our carpool line has a "no idling" policy; a large percentage of students either carpool or take the bus.
These include, but are not limited to, water-conserving toilets, a water bottle filling station, and water- and energy-saving practices by staff and students.
Families and students are encouraged to pack a no-trash or low-trash lunch.
ENERGY & WATER
Compared to 2015, in 2018, we reduced our electricity usage by 7,520 kwh and our water usage by 3,000 gallons.
In recent years, trash pick-up has been needed less often, thanks to recycling education on campus.
- 2015 MAEOE Green School Certified
- 2018 Winners of "Connect the Dots" Challenge
- 2019 Recertified as MAEOE Green School