Our Environmental Philosophy

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Students at The Hotchkiss School Farm

Teaching and Environmental Education

Hotchkiss strives to instill in students a multi-faceted understanding of the environment — through the sciences, arts, and humanities — and the School’s natural surroundings shape how students learn. Environmental science classes can conduct field research and use their findings to support land conservation practices on campus. At Fairfield Farm, art classes can practice plein air painting, poetry classes can find inspiration, environmental science classes can explore rare grassland bird habitats, and American history classes can reflect on the land’s connection to early colonial history. Through Fairfield Farm Ecosystems and Adventure Team (FFEAT), students can also gain hands-on experience at the farm — and learn about the complexities of sustainable agriculture.