Falk Woods (formerly SHERP)...
- is a land stewardship experience, which actively engages K-8 students in ongoing environmental efforts focused on school-ground biodiversity, lunchroom composting & recycling, and citizen science data collection. Students revisit these learning projects over time as changes take place, and as classes build upon the existing work of past students.
- encompasses individual explorations of nature, and teacher led activities designed to enliven classroom learning. Self-motivated learning arises as we learn about the flora & fauna, which share our beloved natural spaces. Hiking, journaling, writing, drawing and sitting quietly with nature allows students to connect with nature and deepens respect for the nurturing it provides us.
- is a real world experience that inspires our students and teachers daily---with a sense of place, responsibility, and work ethic ---as we all strive to become better stewards of our land, Earth.
The entire K-8 school community participates in stewardship activities, curricular studies and projects, free play and exploration throughout the school year as guided by a core team of Falk teachers, staff, parents, and administrators.
Participation from the wider community includes collaborations, collegial & advisory relationships with botanists/educators/naturalists from Audubon Society of Western PA, Phipps Conservatory, The University of Pittsburgh’s Biology department, Pitt Landscaping department, Urban Eco-Stewards, and Chatham University’s Falk School of Sustainability; and stewardship relationships with volunteers from Pitt Fraternities & Sororities, and Eagle Scout Troop Seneca #398. Summer programs also utilize the trail. This includes, Shakespeare Camp, and Pitt's Western Pennsylvania Writing Project.