Nature’s Classroom committed to the lessons of wind power
Students come to Nature’s Classroom to learn about the environment and themselves. Now they are greeted by a wind turbine that illustrates energy solutions blowing in the wind.
As the director of Nature’s Classroom in Charlton, Massachusetts, John Santos is charged with all of the responsibilities that come with running a residential environmental program for students in grades 4 through 8 — from curriculum development to budget plans.
Although it is easy to get mired in the details or running the day-to-day operations of a growing program, John never loses sight of his larger goals: connecting students to the environment. Over half a million students from over 450 different schools have participated in Nature’s Classroom’s week-long programs that offer lesson plans on team building, edible plants, geology, and meteorology. It was a natural next step when John began to explore wind energy as a way to offset the campus’s electrical costs while introducing students to the future of renewable power.
Through use of the NPS 100 wind turbine on the campus, students connect with the natural environment, learning about the relationships between energy generation, consumption and its effect on the Earth.