A message from Headmaster Doug Lagarde on Severn School's website announces the beginning of Phase One—removing invasive greenery—on July 16 in establishing an Environmental Center for the school.
The project is the result of planning for many years by the faculty, board of trustees, outside experts and friends of the school, Lagarde wrote.
Here is an excerpt from the message:
"Since its founding in 1914, Severn School has derived benefit and identity from the Severn River. As the School nears its first century of success and looks to the future, our campus offers an opportunity, if not a responsibility, to challenge its community to examine, to debate, and to discuss issues of ecological preservation as it relates to both the Severn River and the Chesapeake Bay. The possibilities on Severn’s campus are vast and varied for students and faculty to connect, learn, and value the natural world around them and through this connection appreciate their role in sustaining this vital resource.
"Through meaningful acquaintances and interactions one builds understanding and respect. It follows, then, for one to build respect for the earth, one must know and see value in it. Severn’s campus - especially the property between Severn’s academic buildings and the Severn River - offers the opportunity to foster such connections and provide ongoing meaningful interaction with the natural environment that is unique to our campus."
According to the school's website, over the next few months, indigenous plants will be introduced, trails, classroom and gathering spaces will be constructed, a low ropes course implemented and rain gardens will be installed.
Once classes are under way at the end of August, more information will follow on the new center, Lagarde said.