The Potomac Highlands Watershed School 

PHWS Projects 2014

Shepherdstown Elementary School, WV

Tree Planting and Wetland Enhancement

Shepherdstown Elementary School, Shepherdstown, WV

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The 3rd and 4th grade students participated in a two day program that composed of an education day and a planting day. Students contributed to a discussion regarding where their water travels from school and discovered that they live within the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River Watersheds. Students learned their impact on others downstream through a hands-on activity. The students realized that they wanted to decrease the amount of pollution entering their local stream, Town Run.

On planting day students installed seven shrub trees, species included: Blackhaw Viburm, Common Spicebush, and Hazelnut, in the school’s new outdoor classroom area. This area has benches for seating and a recent structure was built to hold a large screen for projections. The area is already heavily wooded and has a wetland space along one boundary. The new shrub trees were planted along the entranceway and scattered throughout the space. Two classes of students worked to plant the trees. Additionally there were patches of native plants added to the outdoor learning space and wetland area that included Butterfly Weed, Monkey Flower, and Purple Coneflower to just name a few. In total there were 79 native plants installed composed of 20 different species.