Thanks to the generous support of Legg Mason, thousands of Hampstead Hill Academy (HHA) students have benefited from Patterson Park Audubon Center (PPAC) programming since 2002.

PPAC offers science-based programs to schools, engaging a multicultural community in educational adventures and environmental stewardship.

Last year over 400 HHA students in grades PreK through five engaged in a series of hands-on immersive lessons on the life, earth, and physical sciences, as well as engineering, technology, and applications of science.

Students experienced 90-minute outdoor lessons in the fall and spring, plus a one-hour winter indoor lesson to bridge the two field experiences. In addition, teachers were provided with two extension lessons designed to deepen students’ understanding beyond the field trip and take what they’ve learned into their homes, schools, and communities.

All Audubon lessons are developed to meet teachers’ needs; follow a theme for each grade; and include opportunities for solution-oriented action in the real world. For example, third graders plant native plants for birds in Audubon’s gardens in the park.

This year students have already begun their nature studies with PPAC. First graders enjoyed their visit to Patterson Park for their first Audubon lesson on September 27th. They learned about adaptations and insects by catching and observing them close up. Second graders will visit the park in late October to learn about the "World Wide Web."

Patterson Park Audubon Center programming is an important component of HHA's overall Nature Exploration program, which is taught by Melissa Riorda.

In addition to Patterson Park, students explore the school's organic garden to learn about the natural world. In September, elementary students made observations in the school garden using their five senses. They had the opportunity to look, smell, touch and taste many of the plants in the garden. They even heard the crickets and the buzz of bumble bees.

Middle school students have been exploring the pond ecosystem and making observations about the plant and animal life there.

HHA and BCP would like to thank Legg Mason for supporting PPAC programming for HHA.

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