The Greene Outdoor Laboratory provides students an opportunity to study nature and earth science in an interactive setting. Through a partnership with Lake Forest Open Lands Association, LFCDS began restoring a parcel of woodland on the south side of its campus in 2012. Today, this “living natural laboratory” is used across all grades and disciplines for a variety of activities, whether it is an English class writing poetry inspired by nature or a science class studying ecosystems. Students use magnifying glasses, large and small fish nets, soil sample jars, Vernier Lab probes, and other scientific instruments to conduct a variety of experiments in this one-of-a-kind classroom.
The Outdoor Laboratory is just one example of the School’s commitment to instilling in our students an understanding of and a connection to the world around us. LFCDS teaches resource management actions, proactive recycling measures, and “green” conservation practices in science classes to promote responsible citizenship. The Outdoor Laboratory provides a rare opportunity for students to learn conservation science and practice environmental stewardship—right in our backyard.