Black Rock Forest
Black Rock Forest is a 4,000-acre nature preserve in Cornwall, N.Y., operated by a consortium of universities, research institutes and schools. Metropolitan Montessori has been affiliated with Black Rock since 2005.
Beginning in kindergarten, children visit Black Rock at least once each season to participate in nature studies, outdoor activities, and community service projects within the forest.
Every year, the third grade goes on an overnight to Black Rock. In sixth grade, the students undertake a year-long project, requiring multiple visits and at least one-night trip. This year, the class has been doing an archaeological dig on the site of a 19th-century barn. Previous projects include building “The Rusty Wagon Bridge,” a 14-foot long, wooden-beam bridge; birdhouses for species that live in the forest; a platform within the forest that became the foundation for a new classroom, at right; and a boardwalk over wetlands.
The Class of 2013 helped to build this classroom in the forest.