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Welcome to the blog for Belvedere Elementary School’s environmental education program! Belvedere is on a small piece of land in a highly developed suburb of Washington, D.C., but we’re making the most of what we have:

  • Cafeteria composting
  • Schoolwide recycling
  • Food rescue  (taking unopened food and beverages to a local food bank)
  • An outdoor classroom on a permeable paver patio and surrounded by a certified wildlife habitat
  • Sustainable edible gardening in raised beds, berry bushes, and a history-themed Timeline Garden (in progress).
  • Pollinator and wildlife gardens
  • A  trail that we built to and through an adjacent park that we’ve adopted. Sometimes we enjoy the park’s trail and learning circle of logs, other times we work with the county to remove invasive vegetation and plant natives.
  • A tree seedling nursery to help our county reach its goal for trees to cover 45% of the local land.
  • Bird boxes. We collect the data for the Virginia Bluebird Society.
  • A partnership with the Fairfax County Stormwater Management Division to track data on floatable trash.
  • Students participate in everything we do. Our school-wide projects have been spearheaded by our student-led Green Team. We also have a 3rd Grade Seed Savers Club that prepares for a spring seed sale, and 4th and 5th Grade Waste Watchers that investigate, measure and manage school waste and teach other students about decomposition and composting.

We’ve had incredible support from our community, including from the Audubon Society of Northern VirginiaBob’s Discount Furniture, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Clean Fairfax Council, the Disney Foundation, the Dominion K-12 Educational Partnership, the Fairfax County Park Authority, the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services,  the Fairfax County Urban Forest Management Division, Fairfax Master Gardeners, Fairfax Master Naturalists, the Friends of Huntley Meadows Park, Giant, Harris TeeterKitchen Gardeners International, the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, Rossen Landscaping, the Save Lucy Campaign, Seed Savers Exchange, Trader Joe’s, the Virginia Bluebird Society, and the Wildlife Foundation of Virginia and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries eStore Grant program. Within Fairfax County Public Schools, we’ve had the good fortune to work closely and with strong support from the Get2Green program and the grounds division of Facilities Management.

Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 5.05.58 PMBelvedere is a certified National Wildlife Federation wildlife habitat, a Green Flag Eco-School, and a state-recognized Virginia Naturally school.

Belvedere’s environmental educator, Stacey Evers, writes this blog. She’s a Virginia Master Naturalist, a board member of the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, a founding member of the Fairfax Master Naturalist chapter, an Invasive Management Area site leader for the Fairfax County Park Authority and a former appointee to the Fairfax County Tree Commission. Before she figured out that she needed to be outside as much as possible, she was a reporter and editor. You can reach her at severs@fcps.edu.

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