Students at C.A. Frost are outside nearly every day. By exposing students to the mysteries and wonders of nature, they encourage their students’ natural curiosity and motivation to learn. All students take an environmental lab class, better known as “e-lab”, twice a week in grades K-5 and for 4-6 hours per week in grades 6-8. E-lab is project based and helps students become independent problem solvers who care for our planet.
Students have opportunities to continue their learning through a variety of after school clubs and experiences. C.A. Frost is home to LEGO Robotics, rock and mineral club, cross country ski club, honor society, and more. Students may also participate in extracurricular athletics.
Day Trips: Students in every grade take exciting field trips to help them connect their learning to the real world. Examples of these trips include visiting a recycling center, team building at Camp Roger, studying biology life cycles at Fish Ladder, and visiting parks including Millennium Park and Kirk Park.
Overnight Camping: All grades participate in overnight camping trips. Students begin with trips close to home at places like Blandford Nature Center and grow to participate in wilderness adventures at Pictured Rocks, Wilderness State Park, and Sleeping Bear Dunes. A variety of options are available to
The staff at C.A. Frost incorporate environmental science into all subject areas, including reading, math, social studies, language arts, and more. Examples of projects with an environmental science focus include creating a new animal habitat, developing a field guide to trees, researching alternative energy, raising and releasing salmon, and participating in a school wide science fair.
C.A. Frost is located adjacent to Blandford Nature Center. Blandford has 143 acres of woods, meadows, and streams for students to explore. C.A. Frost also has a greenhouse on site, which students use for various projects and during e-lab. Finally, the grounds at C.A. Frost have been carefully planned and planted by students and staff to attract wildlife, reduce runoff, and support the school’s mission.
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE LABS
C.A. Frost’s environmental science labs feature:
• Experiential/hands-on approach.
• Local flora and fauna studies.
• Ice and fly-fishing/angling instructions.
• Adventure learning.
• Local habitat studies.
• Rock and mineral studies.
• Naturalist studies.
• Organic gardening and vermicomposting.
• Greenhouse management/supplying area restaurants with hydroponically grown produce.
• Academy wide reduce, reuse, recycle program.
• Leave no trace primitive camping training.
• Sugarbush maple syrup collection.
• Wildlife observation and birding experiences.
• GVSU Lake Michigan research vessel.
• Endangered species conference and sustainability exposition.
• Service projects
• And much more!