Calverton earns Bay Wise status
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://extension.umd.edu. baywise, or call 410-535-3662.
For more information about The Calverton School, call 410-535-0216, or go to www. calvertonschool.org.
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.