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Environmental Stewardship

Students gardening together

Your child's learning potential knows no bounds, and neither do our classroom spaces. Lessons transcend the physical walls of the classroom, utilizing the natural world and all it has to offer. 

Student examines campus creek

Outdoor Education

Our campus is made even more beautiful by our 10 acres of native habitat, on-site creek, Monarch Waystation, student gardens, and a greenhouse. In addition to the many opportunities to learn outdoors on our campus, students at each grade participate in environmental education both on and off campus at least once per year.

Student taking initiative to water plants

Eco-Friendly Practices

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 eco-friendly practices include, but are not limited to, water-conserving toilets, a water bottle filling station, and water- and energy-saving practices by staff and students. Our carpool line also has a "no idling" policy, with a large percentage of students either carpooling or taking the bus.

Students pet a goat while on an overnight trip to Hard Bargain Farm


Our campus provides limitless opportunities for outdoor education, but we also like to take advantage of the many idyllic natural spaces that our region has to offer. These trips include a Primary Unit field trip to the National Zoo, a 4th grade overnight trip to Hard Bargain Farm, and a 7th grade trip to Chincoteague, VA, among many others.

Student and staff member garden together

Gardening Program

Our grade-level gardens, located all around campus, give children the opportunity to care for the environment, tend to the growth of living flora, and develop an investment in the wellbeing of our natural world.

The benefits of being comfortable talking to adults go beyond school—it's given me the confidence to approach policymakers, officeholders, and authority figures as I advocate for change.

Michael '14, Walter Johnson '18, University of Pennsylvania '22