After winning the state competition, Marvelwood's Envirothon team represented the State of Connecticut at Nationals!
Nowhere is Marvelwood’s commitment to experiential education more evident than in our science classrooms.
At Marvelwood, students are given many unique opportunities to work with professionals outside the School community and to engage in research and scientific outreach on a global scale. Our science department has been recognized by the State of Connecticut for its innovative, hands-on programs as well as its contributions to state and local agencies such as the Department of Environmental Protection, The Audubon Society and The Kent Land Trust. In 2014, Science Department Chair Laurie Doss was named one of five Aquarion Environmental Champions for her stewardship in environmental education and awareness in the state of Connecticut.
Marvelwood students have worked side-by-side with scientists and conservation photographers locally and globally. They have helped scientists from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection study amphibians, aquatic insects and avian populations. Globally they have worked with some of the top scientists and/or conservation photographers in the world, including Twan Leenders, Executive Director of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Robin Moore, photographer, filmmaker, author of In Search of Lost Frogs, Dr. Abel Batista a leading herpetologist in Central America, and Clay Bolt, an award-winning Natural History Photographer. Recently Mr. Bolt was in news for his efforts to get the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee on the Federal Endangered Species list and for re-discovering and photographing the world’s largest bee, the Wallace’s Giant Bee, previously believed to have been extinct for nearly 40 years!
Students have also visited with world-renowned Forensic Scientist Dr. Henry Lee and currently are working with scientists from Cornell to customize a Raven Exhibit on the Macedonia Forest Block Important Bird Area (IBA) where faculty and student-driven avian data was instrumental in the designation of this area as an IBA. Raven Exhibit is an interactive sound visualization and information display portal, and students are using their acoustic recordings, photos, and videos of birds and their habitats in this project.
Ongoing projects, including guide dog foundation, GPS mapping of vernal pools, water quality testing, UConn Natural Resources Conservation Academy, the Purple Martin Conservation Association, and our operation of one of only three licensed high school bird-banding stations in the United States, illustrate Marvelwood’s dedication to innovative experiential education.
Science for a Changing World
After training throughout the school year, Marvelwood's Envirothon team won the state competition and will compete in the national tournament.
Marvelwood has been partnering with the Kent Land Trust since 2006 to increase and support Purple Martin colonies in the area.
Olivia '21 and Brennan '22 placed first and second in the annual Competition.
The 2021 Envirothon will be virtual this year but every bit as competitive!
Three students and Science Department Chair Laurie Doss atttended a virtual confernce over spring break.
A virtual presentation, free and open to the public
Lily '21 & Maddie '21 collaborated on a fastastic book to inspire conservation in children of all ages.
Science Department Chair Laurie Doss has been inspiring and mentoring Marvelwood students in the sciences for over 30 years.
Brennen Wilkins '22 has been selected to participate in the Conservation Ambassador Program through UConn's Natural Resources Conservation Academy.
Students in Dr. Hunt's Scientific Literacy, Health & Human Biology class completed a delicious assignment: The Popsicle Project.
What IS a Raven Exhibit? Olivia Pignataro '21 can tell you!
Six intrepid student explorers and two faculty departed January 22nd for 10 days in Panama.
Turning old t-shirts into reusable items in Environmental Science.
A Marvelwoood team helped identify the federally threatened Northern Long-Eared Bat.
Marvelwood is once again fielding a team for Connecticut Envirothon 2020.
Aiden Cherniske ‘23 is spending his summer working on a project through UConn's Natural Resources Conservation Academy to survey bats in the area and raise awareness about their importance to local communities.
Skiff Mountain is a vibrant classroom for our science students. Under the direction of Science Department Chair, Laurie Doss, students work on a variety of projects in partnership with outside organizations and the greater Kent community.
Three students spent the school year creating Geographic Information System (GIS) Story Maps using the Esri ArcGIS platform
A group of students spent some time researching Raven Exhibits at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
"Spirits in Color" by Owen Tacy '20
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The core mission of The Marvelwood School’s Science Department is to celebrate and encourage student curiosity and to promote life-long learning and acquisition of knowledge in all aspects of science. Our department’s primary goal is to teach scientific and technological literacy, enabling students to compete in the workplace and to make informed, responsible decisions about science-related issues at both the local and global levels. By stimulating the spirit of inquiry, nurturing curiosity, and incorporating real-world science (in addition to other disciplines such as the humanities, math, technology and engineering) into the daily classroom experience, we teach our students to understand that we live in an integrated world, to recognize their responsibility to become global citizens, and to appreciate the unique role that science and scientific collaboration play with respect to creating a world that is sustainable for future generations.