Environmental stewardship is part of the core curriculum of classes at all levels. Athens Montessori School is a Clarke County Green School and has received awards and recognition from many organizations, including:
National Wildlife Federation Schoolyard Habitat, Odum Greenfest Awards, Home Depot Youth Garden Grant, Garden Earth Naturalist Grant, Keep Athens Clarke County Beautiful Grant, Friends of Barnett Shoals Award, Hands on Athens, Agribility, and Rivers Alive.
Throughout the campus there are many micro-environments, including:
Class Gardens, Bog Garden, Cactus Garden, Kitchen Garden, Small Aquatic Pond with Plants, Herb Gardens, Butterfly and Bee-friendly Areas, Medicine Wheel Garden, Conifer Arboretum, Greenhouse, Woodland Trails, and Native Plant Areas.
Composting food waste and recycling (paper, glass and plastic) are daily tasks in the classrooms. Special collections of plastic bags, ink jet cartridges, electronics, books, coats, towels, etc., happen regularly during the year.
Conservation of resources is a year round commitment and is assisted by the use of:
Energy efficient light bulbs, programmed thermostats, rain water catchment barrels and tanks, low flow toilets, insulated curtains, heat recovery units, environmentally-friendly cleaning products, safe pest control products and reusable plates & napkins.
As our students study local and world environments, they reach out to help through many national and international organizations. The skills that students acquire and the passion they develop for the stewardship of their environment remain with them after they graduate. We have many alumni working as professionals and volunteers in this field.