On Friday, January 22, Geoff McGean, Executive Director of the Lincoln Land Conservation Trust and the Rural land Foundation and Elizabeth ten Grotenhuis, Head of Birches School, signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations. This is an exciting new development for our school and we are grateful to be collaborating with our natural partners in Lincoln! We quote verbatim from the section on "Purpose" in this MOU:
Our joint purpose in entering into this MOU is to educate the next generation of conservators of the environment; to create outdoor teaching and research facilities; and to utilize conservation land in Lincoln in ways that can be of life-changing benefit to the children of Lincoln and nearby communities, as well as to the local ecosystem. As the first elementary school/land conservancy partnership in the nation, we hope to inspire similar collaborations around the country for the betterment of the environment and our nation’s educational system.
This collaboration has three primary goals:
- Establish a permanent home for Birches School adjacent to or near conservation land in Lincoln.
- Develop and disseminate original, deeply researched outdoor classroom curricular materials that teach conservation principles using Birches’ inquiry-based approach.
- Provide enriched land stewardship through ongoing monitoring and tracking of the ecosystem.