- April 25 - Earth Day
- observed at Providence
It is our vision at Providence to help our children realize the interdependence of all living things and their place within this framework. This global perspective leads them to live what they learn.
They learn to conserve and also to protect the environment.
The five acre campus at Providence lends itself to a wide range of environmental activities. Our outdoor classroom includes a native plant butterfly garden in which the children collect plant and animal specimens for observation.
Our organic vegetable garden is a work in progress. Over several years it has unfolded into various experiments. Native American plants such as gourds, corn, squash, beans and sunflowers have been grown and harvested.
In the autumn, our apple tree graces us with its bounty for the children to make applesauce or other recipes such as apple crisp. Our blackberry bushes are also harvested in late summer as the children return from their break.
Trout in the Classroom - http://www.troutintheclassroom.org/home
Junior Master Gardener - http://jmgkids.us/index.cfm
EcoArt Grant Award - http://www.lexingtonky.gov/index.aspx?page=2199
Providence Montessori has been selected to receive the EcoArt Grant Award from the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Department of Environmental Quality in partnership with LexArts. The grant proposal was written by Carol Hiler and John Martin. In our proposal we selected environmental education in the area of water quality. The grant application described the schools emphasis on going green and the beautiful gardens on our campus. Providence was awarded $3,400.00 for the project "Green Leaves".
During this project, we will focus on educating students on ways to improve and maintain the quality of our water. Students will participate with John Martin in Art Class sculpting and casting a fountain for the school. The fountain will incorporate green leaves to direct the movement of the water creating small waterfalls along the edge of the leaves. The bronze fountain will demonstrate the natural cycles of water.