By: Ms. Melendez- Dean of Academics
The seniors in the Solutions Science class are participants in the Growing Wetlands in the Classroom program through Lynnhaven River NOW, a non-profit organization whose aim is to restore waterways in Virginia Beach. Students are growing native wildflowers and other upland plants in greenhouses in the science classroom to be transplanted in late April in the Albemarle-Pamlico and Chesapeake Bay watersheds in the Green Run area of Virginia Beach. Our partnership with Lynnhaven River NOW is part of our overall goal as a school to focus on conservation and sustainability initiatives.
The curriculum for the Solutions class was developed in cooperation with Lynnhaven River Now. In the fall, students learned about and explored forests, including the woods around campus, based on iTree and Project Learning Tree. During the winter trimester, the focus was on watersheds and culminated in water testing at Bottom’s Bridge on the James River.
In the last trimester, students will learn about and investigate wetlands using Project WET. As the students in the Solutions class learn more about the plants around us and the role of plants in the health of our forests, watersheds, and wetlands, they can assume more active roles in sustainability and conservation efforts.