New Funding for Environmental Science Education Programs

Conservatory Lab Charter School has received a three-year grant of $480,000 from the Cedar Tree Foundation to support environmental education in preschool through eighth grades. This grant supports professional development, investments in new curriculum and equipment, programs such as community environmental mapping, school gardens, and dissemination. This grant will bolster Conservatory Lab’s commitment to interdisciplinary science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM). “We are thrilled by Cedar Tree’s generous donation to support the expansion of our science expeditions that allow students to immerse themselves in science content, make connections to the rich opportunities in our local environment, and learn through service learning projects to make a difference in our community,” said Principal Nicole Mack.

Seventh grade students gathering data to measure the impacts of urbanization on Boston’s Savin Hill Cove.

The project will culminate in a conference during the 2020-2021 school year to share Conservatory Lab’s environmental science curriculum and interdisciplinary projects. Conservatory Lab will offer this conference to elementary and middle school educators throughout greater Boston to share insight into environmental education best practices, including youth participatory research that will be shared in a student symposium. “We’re so grateful to the Cedar Tree Foundation for both supporting STEAM and in-depth environmental education at Conservatory Lab, and for helping us to share what we’ve learned to amplify the work throughout the region,” said Ms. Mack.

Sophia Kolehmainen, Executive Director of the Cedar Tree Foundation, shared her excitement about the work that the grant makes possible, noting, “The Cedar Tree Foundation is thrilled to support the science program at The Conservatory Lab Charter School. Our hope is that our grant provides excellence in science education to the world’s future leaders and citizens who will be most charged with addressing compelling environmental issues.”

We’re thrilled about this new partnership and the incredible science learning and community impact that will result, and we’ll share updates throughout. Many thanks to the Cedar Tree Foundation for this investment in the future of our students and their world.

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