Community Stewardship Projects

All EAS students participate in three blocks of Community Stewardship Projects (CSP) during the school year. A variety of projects provides students with opportunities for active involvement in both environmental and social stewardship in their community. CSPs involve both hands-on learning and extensive research. Following each session, CSP groups present what they have learned and accomplished to the rest of the school. By the end of their 8th grade year, students have completed over 140 hours of community stewardship. Partnerships with individuals and community organizations provide EAS students, staff and parents with expertise, training and support for various projects. CSP also provides EAS students many opportunities to teach and guide others, as well as opportunities to work in partnership with adult mentors and community organizers. Both environmental and social program opportunities are offered each stewardship session.

Be prepared for CSP - what to bring

ALL students need to bring the following materials with them to their project:

  • CSP field notebook (spiral-bound; NOT their bound excursion journal) and pencils in a large Ziploc baggie
  • Daypack with sack lunch and leak-proof water bottle
  • Close-toed shoes

Those students working outdoors also need to bring the following:

  • Layered clothing (light shirt and warm sweater/sweatshirt)
  • Warm coat (no windbreakers or sweat tops, please)
  • Warm pants (no shorts or sweat bottoms)
  • Waterproof hooded rain jacket and pants (large enough to wear over warm clothing)
  • Warm hat that covers ears (stocking cap)
  • Muck boots or shoes that can get VERY dirty/muddy (and a trash bag to carry these in for the ride home)
  • Pair sturdy work gloves with reinforced suede or leather palms (not cotton)

Students working in a garden