We are pleased to announce that Immaculate Conception School has received a $5000 grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust to support its 4th and 5th Grade Science curriculum and to provide field trips exploring how they can have a positive impact on the Chesapeake Bay.
The school has partnered with North Bay, a Maryland Environmental organization that has been facilitating classroom instruction on environmental science. North Bay scientists will be leading exploratory field trips throughout the school year to streams that feed into the Bay, Conowingo Dam, and the Back River Waste Treatment Plant. The goal is to demonstrate how the students’ daily activities impact the ecosystem and what steps they can take to improve it.
The capstone project will be a student-created garden at the base of the stairs leading to the playground and athletic field. This is a multiyear project that will lead to improved control of the run off from the parking lot to the field, thus reducing pollution in the Bay. The types of native plants the students plant in the garden will improve soil retention and act as a filter, while increasing the population of the Monarch butterfly. The Monarch butterfly plays a vital part in our food chain through pollination and natural pest control.
This grant augments the school's ongoing STREAM education program by providing students with access to experts in the scientific community. We are grateful to the Chesapeake Bay Trust and will keep you updated on new developments with the project and the cross-curricular activities.