Most importantly, our students understand the importance of preserving our environment and that our school embodies this effort as one of our core values.
The 2007-2008 school year was bustling, with the culminating event being a visit by Dr. Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots program and Dr. Goodall herself.
2008-2009 saw the building of a geodome on our campus, an increasingly active recycling and composting program, and the planting of numerous rain gardens throughout the grounds.
Maryland Green School
WHAT DOES IT TAKE FOR A SCHOOL TO ACHIEVE THIS RECOGNITION?
Since 1999, the Maryland Green Schools Program, administered by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE), has recognized Maryland public and private schools K-12 that:
• use their school site and curricular instruction to prepare students to understand and act on current and future environmental challenges facing all Marylanders
• model environmental best management practices in building/landscape design and operation
• build and maintain partnerships with the local community to enhance environmental learning
• and design and implement projects and programs that result in a healthier environment.
To qualify for Green School status a school must submit an application that documents activities accomplished over a 2 year period that includes a short description of the school’s Environmental Program and documentation of integration of environmental issue instruction, professional development, celebration, exhibition of conservation best management practices, and sustained school-community partnerships to enhance environmental learning.
Each school must annually resubmit their documentation to receive their 'regreening' certification from the State of Maryland. In this way ensuring that we, as a school community, are maintaining and improving our green responsibilities. Eagle Cove School is proud to continue to mentor other schools toward achieving their own Green School status. In addition to hosting several visits a year from other schools studying our environmental program, Science instructor Mr. Tim Decker was a presenter at last Spring's MAEOE State conference.
Eagle Cove School was awarded the distinction of being a Maryland Green School in 2006. This is a notable honor and was achieved by the dedicated work of parents, friends, teachers, staff and students of the ECS community.
Most important, our students understand the importance of preserving our environment and that our school embodies this effort as one of our core values.