For the second year in a row, Walsingham Academy has been recognized as a Virginia Naturally School.
Virginia Naturally recognizes schools "for their efforts in supporting environmental conservation and stewardship." The award is given by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries with support from the Department of Education.
Walsingham is one of only 66 schools in the Commonwealth to be recognized this year.
"This is such an honor for our school and science program to have this recognition," Lower School Director Jenafer Naswadi said. "As Walsingham is the only school in Williamsburg with this certification, it is very important for our students to be mindful of the environment and help to keep our state beautiful."
During the past year, Walsingham has undertaken several environmental efforts, including:
- Increasing the varieties of milkweed in the Lower School Learning Garden
- Attending the College of William & Mary's Earth Day event
- Giving about 150 pollinator plants to local families in the hope of expanding the number of plants in the area where pollinators can feed
- Installing a bluebird nesting box and monitoring camera
- Participating in the Virginia Institute of Marine Science artwork contest addressing the importance of healthy waters
Walsingham's plans for a third-year recognition include installing a greenhouse near to the Lower School Learning Garden and exploring hydroponic agriculture. Students will also examine a variety of water quality indicators in local waterways in order to develop their skills as a citizen scientist.