Today this power of place informs the development of the 12 Acre Classroom as we work to ecologically restore our forest and wetlands to increase outdoor educational opportunities for our students and to steward health of our ecosystem and the Cedar River watershed. In 2017, our campus became a Washington State Stewardship Forest. Our forest stewardship plan guides the implementation of our ecological restoration plan. Cedar River Montessori was also the proud recipient of the King Conservation District’s Conservation Landowner of the Year award in 2016, following the implementation of our Farm Conservation Plan, which brought our pasture up to best management practices.
At Cedar River Montessori, our students connect with the outdoors daily, rain or shine. This daily connection, observation, and experiential learning allows students to grow to care about and to advocate for our natural world. As our students learn and play in our forests and wetlands adjacent to the endangered salmon runs in the Cedar River in the lower Cedar River watershed, this kind of scientific and environmental literacy has never been more important.
We are proud of our history of environmental stewardship, and invite you to explore the 12-Acre Classroom!