IMAGINE Where We’ll Go!

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Our recent week at the Waldorf School of Baltimore has been filled with imaginative play and inclusive outdoor experiences. Some of our younger students in the Forest Program are excavating  ancient relics (or at least, interesting looking rocks) and preparing them for display in our Forest Program Museum of Odds and Ends.

Members of our Terracycle team are collecting recyclables and designing posters to better inform the student body.

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Our Terracycle program is in partnership with MOM’s Organic Markets, if you’d like to know more, click here

Other students are participating in the “Urban Agriculture” elective class. Participants are growing sprouts, micro greens and lettuce as they explore some of the creative ways of growing food in unexpected places.

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I’ll sign off today with the words of Dakota, one of our 4th graders:

     “I love playing in the woods, and I like to draw and I like TO EAT!!!”

 

 

Waldorf Makes the Most of Winter Weather

This week and last, Waldorf students displayed their resiliency by exploring the changes winter bestowed on the natural world. The key to enjoying nature, no matter the season, is appropriate clothing. A constant mantra in our Nature Studies and Forest After-School is:

“There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!”

Once we’re all bundled up, the exploring can begin. We  admire the outdoors not just with our eyes, but with all our senses. During the coldest days this week, we stayed inside, working on planting plans for spring, learning about the magic of spirals, and started to write letters to local organizations asking for their support. Here is what Sam in 5th Grade wrote:

“Dear ________________,

We are 5th graders at the Waldorf School of Baltimore, and in Nature Studies we are doing a final project because once in middle school we will not have Nature Studies class anymore. For our project we have adopted a small part of the woods to create a native garden. A couple goals of our project are to stop invasive plants, and to build our class legacy. We know it will be amazing when we’re finished. We would greatly appreciate if you could donate seeds, soil, etc. Thank you

Sincerely,

     Sam

 

Please stay tuned, as every week brings new adventures in Eco-literacy.

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An Introduction.

 

 

 

The Waldorf School of Baltimore’s Sustainability program has been growing in incredible ways, and one of our goals in this new year is to do a much better job of sharing our successes, celebrations, and even missteps with you. WSB Sustainability hopes to add an important voice missing from our conversation- the sound of our future, brought to you by the students of our Waldorf school.

Each week  WSB Sustainability Blog will bring a new perspective from one of our students, as well as updates from our Forest Aftercare Program and new developments in our ongoing efforts to be (and share) our best selves in our community. 

The Forest Aftercare Program is also growing. We have three teachers working with our Sustainability Coordinator to offer a unique after-school experience. In every imaginable kind of weather, Ms. Brooks, Ms. Jung, and Ms. Ferguson wander into the forest to mentor and guide our students as they wonder at the growth around them, and puzzle at all the growth within themselves.

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My name is Jason, this is my first year as Sustainability Coordinator at Waldorf School of Baltimore. I have  inherited a fantastic program from my predecessors, and have continued growing the “TerraCycle” Partnership with MOM’s Organic Markets. The Waldorf chickens are in good hands, since I also run a sustainable farm. This year we are introducing a Middle School elective on urban farming, working to secure grant funds for a *special* community project, and learning Nature Studies in the elementary grades.

As an avid hiker, I have a unique opportunity to overhear a broad range of people’s responses to nature. One way of thinking about our journey is as a means to a scenic end, but there are far greater opportunities for reflection here. While some monuments fail to live up to the hype, perhaps it is more beneficial if we look at them as milestones- moments in which our natural world demands we pause. Now, I’m inviting you to look at how far we’ve come together already, and help me search for clues to as to what might come next. As the impulse for reflection builds to resolve, we turn our eyes to the next leg of our journey.

Please check back frequently, every week brings new adventure!

Jason Reed

Sustainability Coordinator at Waldorf School of Baltimore

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Forest Aftercare at Waldorf

The Forest Aftercare program at the Waldorf School of Baltimore is an important facet to our school community. At Waldorf, we recognize that today’s children are not spending as much time in natural environments as former generations. Our Forest Aftercare program is designed to provide a safe space for children to cultivate a deep bond with the more-than-human world.

Students enrolled in the Forest Aftercare program spend most of their time in the forest surrounding our school. Free play, gardening, animal husbandry, and exploration of the forest are key aspects of our program. We are outside everyday – rain, snow, or shine!

Forest Aftercare Staff prepare students to become empowered, responsible environmental stewards. Our playground is a certified Wildlife Habitat, with food, shelter, and water sources for indigenous species. We have been awarded a Baltimore City Master Gardener’s Outstanding School Garden Award.

forestaftercarebannerStay connected to what’s happening in our Ecoliteracy & Sustainability programs here, at sustainablewaldorf.com.

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