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.
Nowhere is Marvelwood’s commitment to experiential education more evident than in our science classrooms.
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.
Marvelwood students have worked side-by-side with Smithsonian scientists in Panama, delivered insect samples collected in the rainforest to Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences, toured the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and attended lectures at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and 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.
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
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.
Congratulations to Madelyn Malinowski '21 who recently completed a Story Map of the Audrey and Robert Tobin Preserve as part of UConn's Conservation Training Partnerships project.
For the second January in a row, Marvelwood students used drone skills to help monitor ice build-up and flooding on the Housatonic River in Kent.
Dennis White's Lego classes are all about creative problem solving.
Marvelwood science students kick off long-term collaboration with Eversource’s Skiff Mountain Wildlife Management Area.
Biology classes traveled to Groton, Connecticut for our annual field trip to explore the Long Island Sound with Project Oceanology.
In a new elective students are learning about drones and how they are used in the fields of conservation, heritage preservation, and emergency management.
Science Department Chair Laurie Doss and Lillian Steinmayer ‘19 collaborated on a project as part of the Conservation Training Partnerships Program for teens and adults.
At Cocobolo Nature Reserve, time is spent exploring, researching, and gaining an understanding of the natural world.
Marvelwood students spent a day with Project Oceanology exploring and studying marine and shore creatures in their natural habitat.
Chris Anton ‘18 recalls his experience in Panama last year, working on an ambitious project to map the entire 1000-acre Cocobolo Nature Reserve
Kent Center School 5th and 6th graders in Josh Szwed's science classes were treated to a presentation about what it means to have an IBA (Important Bird Area), the Macedonia Forest Block, in their town, and the work that went into achieving this distinction.
Ornithology students, Science Department Chair Laurie Doss, and community volunteers banded large birds at the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy in Litchfield.
Students spent three days looking and listening for birds, fishing, and exploring the island's rich array of places to see and things to do.
Skiff Mountain South Preserve named Important Bird Area with the help of the Marvelwood Science Department
"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.