A dedicated space where students can immerse themselves in the wonders of nature and develop a profound connection with the environment.
For over three centuries, Quakers have expressed a deep reverence for the natural world as stewards of environmental preservation. In Spring 2021, a significant milestone in our environmental education journey was achieved as we acquired an additional 3 acres of adjoining green space. This expansion marked the birth of the Longleaf Center for Environmental Learning, a dedicated space where students can immerse themselves in the wonders of nature and develop a profound connection with the environment.
The Longleaf Center—which includes woodland trails, natural play areas, bird habitat areas, native plantings, and a renovated classroom cottage—serves as the focal point for our comprehensive Environmental Education (EE) program. With access to microscopes, telescopes, natural history items, and an ever-growing EE library, our EE Coordinator guides teachers to create engaging and immersive lessons that cover a range of environmental topics, such as food web studies, air and water quality, soil composition, renewable energy sources, and recycling/composting practices.
Our curricular program is thoughtfully designed around the study of phenology, observing the changing seasons and the life cycles of living organisms, while also drawing from reputable curricula like Project Wild, Project Aquatic Wild, and Project Learning Tree, recommended by Environmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC) and the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). From preschool to middle school, our students benefit from interdisciplinary learning experiences on the center's grounds, where they can explore, play, and engage in nature-based activities that foster a deep appreciation for the earth.
- What is the Longleaf Center for Environmental Learning?
- Why "Longleaf?"
- Who takes care of the property?
- How do FSW teachers and students use the Longleaf Center?
- Is there a curriculum the Environmental Education program?
- What do teachable moments look like at Longleaf?
- How does the Environmental Education program address issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging?
- How do you engage with community organizations in southeastern North Carolina?
- How will you know when FSW is achieving its goals for the environmental education program?