SALEM — In December, Queen of Peace School was certified by the Oregon Green Schools in the ‘Gardens and Grounds’ track. The certification is awarded in recognition of efforts in waste reduction and resource conservation.

“Our students spend time in the gardens and in outdoor learning spaces where the school grounds provide food and shelter for wildlife,” said Maureen Foelkl, who is one of three environmental education instructors at Queen of Peace School. 

Beginning in February, students will collect data on birds that visit the feeders on campus and graph their findings. In the spring, recording data and tracking pollinator activity will occur regularly in the new pollinator garden, which was added to the front of the school in spring of 2020. In addition, Queen of Peace teachers are excited to receive training on specialized electronic science, technology, engineering and math equipment later this winter.