C-SD sci­ence stu­dents plant na­tive meadow be­hind school

Dorchester Star - - REGIONAL - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @vic­to­ri­adorstar and on In­sta­gram @dorch­ester.star.

— 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.

PHOTO BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE

Stu­dents, fac­ulty, staff, com­mu­nity lead­ers, and state and lo­cal dig­ni­taries cheer as the rib­bon is cut and the meadow is of­fi­cially com­plete.

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