Nature Program

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The Nature Program at Germantown Academy is designed to help the community know and appreciate the environment, to understand why it should be protected and to encourage teachers to explore the campus' abundant natural resources with their students. In addition to curricular support, program offerings include, the Green Ambassadors club in each division that supports green initiatives throughout the school and community days where students, families, and faculty come together to help maintain our outdoor spaces.

The Nature Program Blog was created to share the wealth and breath of outdoor programming in the Green Roof and Apiary, The Preserve, The Academic Courtyard, The Woods, The Wissahickon Creek, and The Gardens.

Inside GA's Nature Curriculum

The Preserve  

The Academic Courtyard

GA's Academic Courtyard, which connects the Middle and Upper School to the outdoors, was redone in March 2013 to reflect the five habitats that a person would travel through when driving from this area to the New Jersey shore. They are: Piedmont Forest, Short grass meadow, Atlantic White Cedar Swamp, Pygmy Pine-Oak Plains, and Pine Barrens Bog.

There are also three planting beds for the Middle School students (6th, 7th and 8th grades) to use for soil or botanical research, and four beds for the Upper School students to use for soil or botanical research. In addition, stepping stones and sitting stones have been installed for ease of access. The herb garden on the US side was also redone. We have increased the types and numbers of trees and perennials to attract more varieties of pollinators and birds.

The whole area was remediated with the addition of topsoil and was regraded to improve the quality of drainage in the area. An irrigation system has been installed as well. Vines were planted down below that will climb up the metal fixture next to the stairs so it will look like a living wall.