Marblehead High School
Outdoor Classroom Project
Greenhouse - Raised Beds - Conservation
Tyler Earp - Eagle Scout Project
Welcome to my Eagle Scout Project website.
How will the Project Benefit MHS?
The goal of my project is to revitalize the outdoor classroom area at MHS and increase educational opportunities. The conservation work will rejuvenate the site and make it easier to walk around. I will be working with the Marblehead Conservancy to take out Black Locust, Bittersweet, Japanese Knotweed, and other invasive plants. I will also be planting new native plants in the space. The new raised beds will allow the Bridge for Resilient Youth in Transition (BRYT) program to continue having outdoor class time and provide a better planting space. The greenhouse is the most expensive part of my project and will have the largest impact in terms of curriculum. The greenhouse can be used in the science, culinary, foreign language, fine arts and even the language arts curriculum as well as by clubs such as National Green Schools Society. The cooking classes will be able to use freshly grown fruits, vegetables and herbs to cook. The foreign language classes will be able to grow and taste foods native to Spanish speaking or French speaking countries around the world. The science department will be able to use the greenhouse for labs involving plants or examine plant cells under a microscope. The science department will be able to study ecosystems and tropical climates, photosynthesis, the chemistry of plants, light, energy, the greenhouse effect, plant reproduction, genetics, lifecycles, abiotic and biotic factors, and more. Art classes will be able to draw, paint or sculpt plants in the greenhouse. Language arts students may even be able to do some nature writing. The greenhouse could function as a classroom space to provide a nice break from traditional classroom learning. The BRYT program and National Green Schools Society could use the greenhouse to grow plants, but also work on taking care of the plants so learning time isn’t impacted. There are many other potential applications for the greenhouse.
Who am I?
My name is Tyler Earp and I am a 17 year old Senior honors student at Marblehead High School. I am a member of the Drama Club, Math Team and National Green Schools Society (NGSS). I have been a Boy Scout with Troop 11 since 2017 and became a Life Scout in 2019. I have earned 95 merit badges. For my Eagle Scout Project, I wanted to do something meaningful to me that would also benefit my school. I have always enjoyed school and gardening and thought that it would be fun to have a greenhouse at MHS and a better outdoor learning space.