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On Earth Day, AWSNA member Waldorf schools embraced the spirit of environmental stewardship, engaging students in a variety of activities that celebrated and honored our planet. From painting landscapes to testing creek health, from seed paper making to invasive plant harvesting, each school found unique ways to connect with nature and foster a sense of responsibility towards the Earth.

At the Waldorf School of Princeton, fifth-grade students took to Congress Park, armed with paint brushes and canvases, to capture the beauty of nature "en plein air." They learned the art of observation, shifting their focus from panoramic landscapes to detailed close-ups, all while experiencing the joys and challenges of painting outdoors.

Meanwhile, in the creeks surrounding the 20-acre campus of the Waldorf School of Princeton, eighth-grade students, under the guidance of Mr. Fuell, embarked on a mission to assess the health of their local waterways. Armed with nets and buckets, they collected water insects and crayfish, later identifying them using a dichotomous key, fostering a deeper connection with their natural surroundings.

Over at the Linden Waldorf School, students embraced Earth Day with enthusiasm, embodying the principles of environmental stewardship. From cleaning up school grounds to learning about environmental champions like Rachel Carson, they delved into hands-on activities, creating seed paper from recycled materials and seeds harvested from their garden. Their actions spoke volumes about their commitment to sustainability and community engagement.

At the Waldorf School of Lexington, students from first through eighth grade gathered for a special Earth Day Assembly focused on recycling and reducing single-use plastics. They explored ways to cut down on plastic consumption and learned about repurposing materials to reduce waste, emphasizing their role as stewards of the land.

In Santa Cruz Waldorf School, Earth Day was celebrated amidst the spectacular trees adorning their campus. From redwoods to olives, each tree was honored, with a special cake baked in tribute to the magnolia. This simple yet profound gesture highlighted the school's deep reverence for nature and its bountiful gifts.

In Charlottesville Waldorf School, Earth Day was an opportunity for Kindergarten students to engage in hands-on conservation efforts. They embarked on a nature walk, collecting invasive wild mustard and creating beautiful Spring baskets from their harvest, showcasing the importance of environmental education from a young age. Waldorf School of Baltimore, first-grade students also harvested invasive garlic mustard from the school woods and transformed it into delicious pesto. This innovative project not only restored the natural balance of their environment but also instilled valuable lessons in resourcefulness and sustainable living.

Last but not least, check out this News12 Long Island TV segment about the activities done by the Waldorf School of Garden City.

Photo Credit: Charlottesville Waldorf School

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