Harvey’s eighth-graders spent a morning this week getting hands-on lessons in plant and pond studies at the Westmoreland Sanctuary.
When the science classes of Marcie Hajem and Greg Janos left campus for the two-hour visit Monday to the nonprofit nature center and wildlife preserve in Mount Kisco, Westmoreland guides led them along wooded paths and streams to observe the indigenous plants. Sanctuary staff also made stops along the hike to point out the small creatures that populate the waterways and ponds on the 640-acre site.
Mrs. Hajem said the trip to the nature center complements the eighth-grade science curriculum. “As we wrap up the spring term’s study of organisms like protists, fungi and plants, the trip to Westmoreland offers a great local place for students to hear from people in the field,” Mrs. Hajem said. “The hope is that our students take this information and apply it to our own campus,” she added.
Westmoreland Sanctuary Nature Center and Museum, on the site of the former Presbyterian Church of Bedford Village, contains exhibits of local flora and fauna, live animals, a bird-observation window and an auditorium for public programs.