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Greenwood Program for Environmental and Conservation Education (GPECE)
Thanks to the generosity of people like you, as well as grants from several wonderful organizations, Greenwood School has started implementing enhancements to (and expansion of) our Greenwood Program for Environmental and Conservation Education (GPECE).
Our campus includes 10 acres of protected wetlands property; Jones Creek, which feeds through a nearby lake into the St. Johns River, bisects the wetlands. Currently, we only utilize about 30% of the property, but we have plans to expand our use, thanks to a 2017 $20,000 STEM grant from The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida and for 2019, a $187,000 grant from The Weaver Family Foundation at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.
The generosity and support shown to Greenwood School by The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, and The Weaver Family Foundation has not only enabled our students to access higher-level learning through active research, but has also generated a great deal of excitement, motivation, and confidence in our students because of the direct and visible positive impact upon their environment and the community.
Through G-PECE, our students have studied:
- Tree frog populations
- Invasive species tracking
- Bird watching and classification
- Breeding of mosquito-larvae-eating fish for community health benefits
- Water quality testing
- Tracking monarch butterfly migration patterns and trends
- Micro-invertebrate investigation (Leaf Pack Project) in Jones Creek
- Microplastics and their effect upon the environment
What We’ve Been Doing
Even with just 30% of the land currently in use, our students have been able to engage in a plethora of outstanding projects through partnerships, student-led data collection, and contribution to ongoing studies with:
- St. Johns Riverkeeper
- Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens
- Jacksonville Arboretum
- University of Florida
- University of Kansas
- University of Minnesota
- National Oceanographic and
- Cornell University
- Audubon Society
With the 2017 $20,000 STEM grant from The Community Foundation, Greenwood School has invested in a variety of equipment, which has not only supported faculty members’ ability to enhance classroom laboratory experiments in the high school Marine Science, Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Ornithology courses, but also strengthened ongoing active research partnerships.
Equipment investments have included:
- Dissection microscopes and kits, used in Marine Science, Biology, and Anatomy & Physiology courses
- Titration and water testing equipment for Marine Science and Environmental Science courses
- HD Trail Cameras for Environmental Science courses
- Building materials to support tree frog/invasive species tracking study and air potato/beetle control methods study — Environmental Science and community impact outreach with Jacksonville Arboretum and University of Florida
- Binoculars for Ornithology courses, and collaboration with UNF Birding Club
- Testing and measurement equipment for microplastics study
- Camera to support detailed photographic data collection and recording for all ongoing studies in the Greenwood wetlands and Monarch Waystation migration tracking study; the camera is also integral to graphic arts design enrichment course and new photography courses planned for future semesters.
Coming Soon To Our Campus
What’s Next For Our Wetlands
With our newest $187,000 grant from The Weaver Family Foundation at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, additional enhancements to G-PECE and campus wetlands are in progress, including:
Maintenance of existing wetlands property
Increased security and prevention of trash run-off from Atlantic Boulevard, by fencing the property
Professionally and eco-responsibly constructed trail systems, which include:
- Approximately 1-km looped trail throughout secured property with a natural surface to preserve soil against erosion and wear
- Drawbridge crossings of Jones Creek
- QR code-enabled trail markers for community education program
- Preservation of all native trees in construction
- Trail cameras installed at trail checkpoints for research and safety
- Bird-watching observation deck
On the south side of the main school building, a 25-ft x 210-ft space will be utilized as follows:
- Meditation and Reflection Labyrinth with meditation and reflection stations for connection, calming, reflection, and wellness
- Wildflower Garden filled with a variety of plants native to Florida, which would also be used in Florida Gardening, Biology, and Environmental Science courses; also attracts and benefits endangered pollenating species
- Outdoor Laboratory Stations featuring laboratory benches for on-site research processing and class/public demonstrations
- Outdoor Classroom Seating with large benches for outdoor classroom activities and public demonstration events
- Existing Monarch Waystation will be surrounded by privacy fencing with sun-mesh canvas top to enclose and protect it
- Greenhouse Laboratory for plant cultivation for study, as well as supply for research stations and exhibits for demonstration and study
- Raised Wooden Boardwalk for leveling, safety, and protection of French-drain system along south side of school building
Instructional Technology Integration Program
In addition to the outstanding work that has been done and is in progress for our G-PECE, Greenwood School is adding significant enhancements to our technology programs. In Summer 2018, we completed Phase 1 of our educational technology upgrades by expanding our wireless capacity; installing a new, more efficient server with a highly effective safety and security filter; and replacing faculty and staff computers.
This year, thanks to a generous $213,000 grant from The Weaver Family Foundation at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, we will continue to lead the way in multisensory, multimodal instruction by adding to our educational technology infrastructure.
Enhancements will include:
1-to-1 student computer/device procurement, including:
- 200 Chromebooks for student use
- Instructional software package
- Assistive technology software for specific learning differences
Procurement and implementation of handheld assistive technology, which can help remove obstacles of in-class multitasking to improve attention to information and greater retention of new information. Some possible examples include:
- Class sets of reader pens
- Kurzweil software (auditory textbooks) with text-to-speech functions
- Livescribe Pens with scannable text read-aloud, definition, research links, note-taking support, and more
Purchase and installation of 19 SMART Board/LCD boards, with benefits such as:
- Increased collaboration capabilities in-house and with other schools
- Highly effective instruction for students with learning differences
- Enhanced research capabilities for all students, including capability for digital dissection tools for science courses, graphing and statistical model input and display for mathematics, graphic design and digital animation applications, and more
- Doubles as campus-wide news station
- Video/audio/display announcement and alerts system for dismissals/emergencies
You Can Make a Difference
Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, Greenwood School has raised more than $420,000 in just the past 18 months! With these funds, we have been able to make numerous enhancements and additions to our programs and facilities. Our continued success, growth, and improvement has not been, and will not be, possible without your support.
As you can see, many wonderful additions and improvements to Greenwood School’s programs have been implemented, or are in the process of being completed — but there is still work to do. By May 2020, it’s our goal to raise an additional $122,000 to enhance campus safety through a variety of tactics.
Campus Safety and Security Initiative
- Electronic (scanner-controlled) automatic access gate across the parking lot entrance to replace current manual swing gate
- Greenwood seeks installation and wiring of an electronic gate that can be opened by access sticker, keycard, or keypad (to be determined) and single-use codes that can be provided to vendors and visitors
Interior Safety and Access Control
- Electronic access card scanners/visitor badge printers
Access and ID cards for staff, faculty, and students
- Card scanner locks on all interior doors
- Access scanners on entrance doors and administrative areas
- Access control software
- Includes ability to immediately lock down all rooms and entrances by computer in case of emergency, as well as log accesses and exits
- Provides ability to generate new cards, temporary visitor or contractor cards, and replacement cards on-site
- Electronic access (keypad or card scanner) lockers
- Enhances ease of use for students with motor difficulties, compared to operating traditional combination locks
- Enables administrator reset of forgotten passcodes (rather than current necessity to cut locks for students who have forgotten their combinations, which averages 3 per week)
- Provides safe access and privacy for students to securely store and organize property
- Our current student lockers were purchased used when our campus opened and will be beyond our capability to repair within a year or two, at most
Emergency Monitoring and Alert • Upgrade and install fire alarm system panel, sensors, and annunciators system
Your Generosity is Greatly Appreciated
Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, Greenwood School has been able to expand and enhance our offerings and programs to better serve our students. Our continued success, growth, and improvement has not been, and will not be, possible without your support.
Are you ready to do your part to enhance campus safety?
To learn more or get involved, please visit GreenwoodJax.org, give us a call at (904) 726-5000, or email us at Info@GreenwoodJax.org.
We look forward to hearing from you.