Calver­ton earns Bay Wise sta­tus

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The Calver­ton School re­cently earned Bay Wise sta­tus at its Hunt­ing­town cam­pus.

Master Gar­den­ers Melanie Crow­der and Denise Moroney in­spected Calver­ton’s cam­pus Nov. 3 in ac­cor­dance with the Bay Wise Yard­stick, which is an ex­ten­sive checklist that asks what ac­tions are be­ing taken to con­trol stormwa­ter runoff, en­cour­age wildlife, and pro­tect the wa­ter­front.

This in­cludes proper mow­ing tech­niques, wa­ter­ing ef­fi­ciently, man­ag­ing yard pests with In­te­grated Pest Man­age­ment, mulching ap­pro­pri­ately, re­cy­cling yard waste, fer­til­iz­ing wisely, and plant­ing wisely.

The school earned 46 points, well more than the 36 needed to meet Bay Wise stan­dards.

The Bay Wise Pro­gram fo­cuses on land­scape man­age­ment best prac­tices that, when fol­lowed, pro­vide op­ti­mum con­di­tions for bet­ter Ch­e­sa­peake Bay wa­ter qual­ity and the con­ser­va­tion of na­tive plants and wildlife.

The Calver­ton School is for­tu­nate to be ste­ward to 153 acres of for­est, streams and marsh­lands be­tween the Patux­ent River and the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay.

Its stu­dents reg­u­larly ex­plore the wet­land trails lo­cated just be­hind the Lower School to study and ap­pre­ci­ate all that Calvert County’s unique eco- sys­tems have to of­fer. Ad­di­tion­ally the stu­dents main­tain a sus­tain­able school gar­den which helps them un­der­stand the im­por­tance of com­post­ing or­ganic veg­etable grow­ing and nu­tri­tion.

Earth Day, which is held April 22, is an all-school event where the stu­dents con­struct an­i­mal habi­tats, plant na­tive species, re­move in­va­sive plant species, and clean up de­bris from the cam­pus.

All year long Calver­ton sup­ports the Trex Com­pos­ite Deck­ing plas­tic bag re­cy­cling pro­gram with do­na­tions of over 750 pounds of plas­tic bags last year alone. En­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence is an es­sen­tial part of the sci­ence ed­u­ca­tion in ev­ery age group at Calver­ton Up­per School stu­dents have the op­por­tu­nity to earn the In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate Diploma which in­cludes En­vi­ron­men­tal Stud­ies and Bi­ol­ogy op­tions.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex- ten­sion’s Bay Wise Pro­gram, and how your prop­erty can be­come Bay Wise Cer­ti­fied, go to https://ex­ten­ bay­wise, or call 410-535-3662.

For more in­for­ma­tion about The Calver­ton School, call 410-535-0216, or go to www. calver­ton­

Va­lerie Red­den, left, Betty Bleacher, Court­ney Wil­liams and Tammy Wil­liams try and stay warm in the 41-de­gree weather.

Spec­ta­tors watch as stu­dents en­ter the icy wa­ters of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay.


The Calver­ton School, in­clud­ing its 2018-19 kinder­garten class, was re­cently awarded Bay Wise sta­tus.

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