At Gordon, life science is not something that students study in a lab.
That is: they do study it in a lab...
...but they also encounter nature directly, all across the campus.
Those four actual real life robin’s eggs were created by an actual real life robin last week.
The little family is perched in the Kindergarten playground.
The Kindergarteners have taken responsibility for protecting the nest.
Their efforts have paid off.
Three eggs have hatched, one remains as of Thursday afternoon.
Gordon is so fertile this time of year that it can seem positively tropical.
That’s good news for science teachers who are dedicated to hands-on instruction.
This seventh grade math and science teacher came down to the Early Childhood wing to compare their tadpoles’ progress against that of the tadpoles in her classroom.
While there, she checked out the extraordinary achievement of an ordinary pair of captive butterflies.
These Painted Ladies had managed to come full circle in their life cycle, mating and bringing forth hundreds of tiny young caterpillars.
Several hundred, very tiny, very young and hungry caterpillars—a specialist from the upper grades was called in to turn this infestation into a lesson.
The butterflies live on sugar water.
Their caterpillar offspring, however, eat only a few specific plants.
The only examples available were thistles, found growing in a patch near an obscure service entrance to the campus.
Students took turns nudging the babies out of their makeshift nest with a soft paintbrush...
and brushing them onto the plants that would be their new homes.