Tomorrow may be Earth Day, but at Owatin Creek, every day seems like a celebration of nature with the school's eco-friendly focus. Each wing is decorated in its own season; school assemblies take place on nice days in the natural outdoor amphitheater; and the school even has its own nature trail cams, outdoor classroom and walking trails. The school, which opened in 2011, also boasts an eco-conscious design with a geothermal HVAC system, energy efficient lighting and solar panels, earning it a Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) certification in 2012.
But what you may not know is that even the gardens at Owatin Creek are thoughtfully planted, with 2nd grade teachers taking lead on this project and partnering with the Owatin Creek APT, Wolf-Run Landscapes and Ridgewood Soils to donate their materials and time to install and plant a certified native garden at the entrance to the school. Since the garden was designed, installed and planted in 2016, all OC second graders go through a rite of passage (and get a little dirty) by helping their teachers maintain and care for the garden throughout the year--with some high schoolers returning in the summer to help with maintenance to earn community service hours.