TM15 - A Breath of Fresh Air: Explore Arabia Mountain

Monday, November 18 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM | Level 4 Lobby « Back

Abstract Text:

The collaboration of a state park and a public high school has made an impact on the students and the community, both through the service the students have given to the community and through the lifelong impact of environmental studies. Arabia Mountain High School is located on the edge of the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve in Lithonia, adjoined by a spur trail. This LEED Silver-certified public high school opened in 2009 and is an EIC model school. It provides an Environmental, Energy and Engineering Magnet Program for grades 9-12 with outdoor classrooms in the Preserve. Service-learning is directly linked to the academic curriculum. In contrast to community service, service-learning is an instructional methodology that combines academic endeavors with meeting identified community needs. Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve is one of the most unique natural communities in Georgia. Arabia Mountain’s massive exposed granite faces reveal its history as a quarry: cut granite slabs, drilled cores, and abandoned structures scatter along the mountain’s many trails. Today, Arabia is a serene world of exposed granite punctuated by rare native plants, forests, wetlands, streams, and lakes. Join us for a great urban escape to discover the biodiversity of this area with a 1.1-mile interpretive hike.

Learning Objectives:

Discuss the tenets of the service-learning methodology

Assess the influence of the LEED certified building on the curriculum of the school

Identify the unique ecology and the cultural roots of this region

Examine how natural systems can inform the design process


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Event Type: Tour > Session