Students and Faculty Work to have Campus Certified as National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Habitat

From STEAM Concentration Student Claire H. ’21

Last weekend a group of students joined Ms. O’Quinn and Dr. Tuttle for a second time as we completed our efforts to have the Foxcroft campus certified as a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Wildlife Habitat. Supplied with a checklist provided by the NWF, students hiked all over campus, through the fields, and down to Goose Creek, identifying all of the elements necessary to certify the campus. The checklist required us to identify sources of food, water, shelter, and places to raise young as well as to confirm the use of sustainable practices on campus. Students who helped to complete the checklist earned hours that will go toward earning a WeekendMission badge or certificate in environmental stewardship.
It should come as no surprise that the beautiful property many of us call home for much of the year is also home to an abundance of native wildlife. It was easy to see that there is everything these creatures need to survive and thrive right here at Foxcroft! We will submit our findings to the NWF and look forward to gaining certification as an official National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Habitat. Keep an eye out for a Certified Wildlife Habitat sign coming soon to our beautiful campus!

It was an incredible opportunity to explore the stunning melting pot of nature available at our fingertips. I am a participant in the STEAM Concentration here at Foxcroft which is an amazing opportunity to further explore my interests in the STEM fields — particularly Marine Biology and the amount of plastic pollution, specifically microplastics, in our local waterways. I was able to collect four water samples down at Goose Creek which I will analyze with the help of Dr. Tuttle and Ms. Bowser in the science wing to further my research and input data from our very own campus into my final project!
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