C-SD science students plant native meadow behind school
— Science students at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School recently finished installing a native meadow and outdoor classroom behind the school.
The students researched, designed, and planted the meadow themselves over the course of the school year. Direction and guidance came from their teachers, the Mid-Shore Riverkeepers Conservancy, and Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources.
A sign explains that the meadow will provide shelter for animals, trap sediments, trap nutrients and pollutants, recharge groundwater, and improve water quality. It also includes photos of some of the plants growing there to help others identify them.
The outdoor classroom is equipped with a white board and wooden benches.
Dorchester Chamber of Commerce organized a ribbon cutting for the students on Friday, June 2, and the event was well attended. Delegates Chris Adams and Johnny Mautz expressed high praise for the project.
A refurbishment of the courtyard at C-SD was the focus of this annual project last school year. That effort included power-washing the concrete surfaces, sanding and repainting the picnic tables, removing invasive plants to replace them with native species, and hanging white boards to make the space an outdoor classroom.
Students, faculty, staff, community leaders, and state and local dignitaries cheer as the ribbon is cut and the meadow is officially complete.