On October 22 at 10:00 am, the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns will introduce its newest classroom – one without any walls on the shores of the Hudson River. Over the past year, the 40-acre Peabody Preserve has been transformed into the Peabody Preserve Outdoor Classroom. “The Peabody Preserve Outdoor Classroom will offer our students outdoor learning opportunities not available in most school districts,” said Superintendent of Schools, Christopher Clouet. “Students, along with teachers, parents and community partners, will be co-creators of what will become a signature program for the district.”
At right, Volunteers worked tirelessly to prepare Peabody Preserve Outdoor Classroom for its grand opening.
The site features a new trail system, the ruins of the turn-of-the-century Etruscan brick factory, a pond, deciduous forest, freshwater and saltwater wetlands, and a wide variety of plants and animals. “We started the project with two goals in mind,” said Tracy Brown, one of the projects co-creators. “One was to enhance the education of our students with hands-on, outdoor, learning. The other was to preserve and protect this beautiful open space and its unique habitats.”