|Unique Conservation Area|
Past the crowded parking lot and screaming kids lies a serene, natural conservation area known as E.D.E.N., or Ecological Diversity for Educational Networking. Started as a demonstration of Savannah Christian Preparatory School’s stewardship and conservation of its own natural resources, E.D.E.N.’s more than 180 preserved acres are a beautiful sanctuary utilized by both students and faculty for education and recreation.
Located at the back of the Chatham Parkway campus, at the end of the main road, E.D.E.N. features ponds, a swamp, trails, forest areas, and Civil War earthworks, as well as an outdoor amphitheater, observation tower, aquatic studies dock, wetland’s boardwalk, fully-equipped science laboratory and picnic area. Multifarious wildlife inhabit E.D.E.N.’s ponds and forests, from mud turtles, river otters, alligators and snakes to largemouth bass, ducks, egrets, geese, hawks, owls, raccoon, fox and deer.
Upper school Biology, Ecology, and Marine Biology classes all utilize E.D.E.N. as an example of a natural ecosystem. Students select water samples to analyze in the lab, while other classes focus on observing nature at work. Fifth graders monitor water through the state of Georgia’s Adopt-A-Lake program. Extracurricular activities include the Fishing Club, led by Mr. Yancey, and the Environmental Club, which meets four times a year for a workday. Students trade in their microscopes for rakes and gloves and work to keep E.D.E.N.’s trails in good condition so others can enjoy its beauty.
Published in The Raider, Fall 2005