It seemed fitting that Earth Day this year fell on our first full day after returning from spring break. At Conserve School, Earth Day affords us the chance to step outside of our normal routines to join others around the globe in both celebrating this planet we call “home”, and considering ways to contribute to its health.
The day began before breakfast with an optional reflective nature walk with Leanna Jackan, Assistant Director of Residential Life. After breakfast, students participated in two rounds of workshops, covering topics such as cheese making, seed saving, nature photography,and making beeswax balms. After lunch and another round of workshops, students enjoyed hands-on raptor and reptile workshops, which were facilitated by staff from a local nature center, Trees for Tomorrow.
After a day of learning and practicing skills, it was time to celebrate. Students and staff, all “gussied up” and looking sharp, enjoyed a fine meal, prepared by Conserve’s dining staff, which featured cuisine from each of the earth’s continents (to be clear, Antarctica was represented by the snow and ice that we could see through the windows). Bellies full, we retreated to the Gathering Space for some contra dancing, with music and instruction provided by The Quill Pickers. It was a fine day, indeed.
Director of Admissions