We feel that children can best learn about nature by actually being in nature. Our programs provide experiential education in an incredible natural classroom. Our 30-acre “classroom” includes meadows, wetlands, and woodlands.
Early education (preschool - grade 2), elementary (grades 3-5), and middle school programs serve students from all three school divisions in the Rockbridge area. Programs are alligned with the State and early Foundations of Learning Standards. Boxerwood staff teachers are trained as "Master Naturalists." Volunteers (you could be one too!) from the local community and universities join in on a regular basis. Watch videos and read news articles about our Education Program.
Boxerwood has both on- and off-site programs and is increasing its reach into the community: A NOAA grant is significantly underwriting costs associated with a yearlong professional development program for 15 local science teachers. “This project builds on several previous collaborations between Boxerwood and the Washington and Lee Teacher Education program... The focus is ‘Stepping Up & Out,’ in which teachers are ‘stepping up’ their use of teaching via investigation, while ‘stepping out’ with students into their schoolyard ... As part of the program, each teacher is designing an outdoor lesson unit that suits his or her situation. " ... Projects include student investigations related to owl habitat, native plant gardens, soil conservation, acid rain, watershed protection and geo-spatial mapping. Schools represented in the pilot program are Waddell Elementary, Lylburn Downing Middle, Maury River Middle, Central Elementary, Fairfield Elementary and Mountain View Elementary ... Boxerwood hopes to expand the program to other schools in the future ... [also] The Rockbridge County Public Schools Foundation is helping with funding for a project in collaboration with Boxerwood - an opportunity for 32 eighth grade students at Maury River Middle School for in-depth study of local geography, geology, chemistry, physics and biology. In addition to exposure to Boxerwood staff, students will have the chance to work with Dawn Kirk, Natural Bridge forest ranger; Beth Hawes, Rockbridge 4- H agent; and David Harbor, Washington and Lee geologist... [Quotes by Elise Sheffield] Lexington News Gazette fall-winter 2012
High praise for Boxerwood's education program ...