Project-based Learning at San Miguel Academy
This project will implement a place-based science program for students at San Miguel Academy of Newburgh. The driving force will be the curriculum founded on the natural world and a conservation ethic. Students will build off knowledge gained through the previous year's Toyota TogetherGreen Innovation Grant and continue their hands-on science learning through activities such as bird monitoring, pond ecology, and urban wildlife within their home city of Newburgh. Students will also plan a conservation project in Downing Park, a historically significant park designed in the late 19th century by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux and named after their mentor, Andrew Jackson Downing, a Newburgh native. The students will strategize and implement a conservation project in their hometown community that will restore a bird-friendly habitat through native plantings, the erection of a Chimney Swift tower and nesting boxes; develop a nature walk; and conduct comparative wildlife studies throughout the length of the project. This project will be led by Frank Snyder.