Phase 2 implementation of our Ecological Master Plan for the charter school in Chattahoochee Hills is currently being completed spring of 2017. The vision of the school board is of small classroom buildings in the woods to host nature-based education, so native Piedmont ecosystem restoration is a primary focus on the clear-cut site that was donated by developers.
We began with a bioretention wetland that captures and infiltrates stormwater from all 11 acres. The goal is a wet habitat area to support native wildlife and host nature studies for classes. Installation of native seed mixes (beautiful, seasonal grasses and flowering perennials) and live stakes of native shrubs like willows, itea, elderberry, buttonbush invite pollinators, native birds and other wildlife.
The plan also includes native and medicinal forest garden, a permaculture orchard and farm for the school cafeteria, and themed, individual classroom gardens. The first phase will also include a Woodland Walk which hosts the main pathways between classroom buildings and the buildings themselves- a mix of native shade trees, understory trees, shrubs and perennials.