EHS Tierra Forma Tigers

Recycling Fridays at EHS
Learning about Oil's impact on environment
Recycle Fridays--sorting bottles & cans
Ms. Scribner's Ecology Class--designing Eco Friendly Packaging
Power Town booth at Celebrate Earth event
Celebrate Earth event
Celebrate Earth event
Celebrate Earth event--theater set for Eco You Eco Me play
Celebrate Earth - Bag Beast
Ms. Scribner (hat) insect sweeps--netting activity
Planting Native Prairie Flower interpretive gardens Phase One of OWLS
ecology students working in the green house
School Address: 
1230 South 167th West PO Box 789
Goddard, KS 67052
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Contact Name: 
Denise Scribner
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(316) 794-4190
(316) 794-4191
Education level or type: 
High School
Education level (Other): 
9th-12th grade
School Name: 
Eisenhower High School
School District Name and Number: 
Goddard School District USD 265
How are you incorporating your environmental projects into your school's curriculum?: 
Terra Forma means "Earth Shaping"---The high school offers a ecology/environmental science class that will meet the state requirements for one of the four years of science to enter a 4-year college and to help our high school's gradates to become environmentally literate citizens. Eisenhower High School (opened 8/2011) has been named a 2012 Green Ribbon School and in 2015 received the Green Flag Award April 22, 2015; Silver Award fand Bronze Award (2011 and 2012) from Eco-Schools, National Wildlife Federation. We were also named one of the top ten Eco-Schools in the nation 11/15.The ecology students administer the district's recycling project that recycles 30 tons of paper, 900 pounds of aluminum cans and over 60,000 plastic bottles annually from 21 buildings within the school district. EHS is also a Silver Level awardee for Eco Schools, NWF. The ecology/environmental science students conduct an annual event---Celebrate EARTH! (for EE Week and Earth Day) at the high school for over 500 of the school district's 3rd-5th graders. The event is scheduled in April close to Earth Day. The ecology/environmental science students have completed Phase ONE and TWO to establish a certified outdoor wildlife learning site at the campus of the high school. The Westar Energy Green Team has completed building our outdoor classroom shade pergola out of repurposed wood--putting recycling concepts into action. An OWLS start up grant from KS Wildlife and Parks was received for installation of the native prairie garden beds, solar bird bath purple martin houses, overseeding of grasses and forbes in the native grasses section of the OWLS area, and establishing food and habitat for wildlife. A QR-Code nature trail has been established with 19 nature post stations accessed by QR code using a Smart Phone. Ten elevated interpretive native prairie plant garden beds have been established with culturally significant native plants and grasses to Kansas. These bed will not only provide hands-on learning opportunities but will also become a Monarch Way Station. Additional plantings will occur annually during the 5-year long term development plan for the outdoor wildlife learning site. Bird houses, bird nesting boxes, a bat box, and composting bins have also been added during Phase One of the OWLS development plant during the 2011-12 school year. Ecology students have built flip top table/benches to place at the outdoor classroom pergola once it is compelted. A user guide book for the site for other schools in the district to use while visiting the OWLS site has been developed--see KS Green Schools resources. Phase TWO involved the establishment of a QR code nature trail for 19 post stations throughout the native grasses and aquatics pond space and the installation of an interpretive bulliten/signage board for public information. Phase THREE (final) will be the establishment of an elevated platform at the aquatics pond to assist in pond studies once the pond has had a few more years to fill with rain water. The ecology classes also participate in Project EARTH sponsored by the Sedgwick Co Extension Service, Kid Wind, the Leopold Project, Project Learning Tree, Project Wet, and Project Wild. The catch basin vernal pond has been able to retain water throughout the long hot summer 2011-2015 and numerous waterfowl and wildlife have been seen watering at this location.
1) 2015 Green Flag Award Eco-Schools, National Wildlife Federation and named one of the top ten Eco Schools in the Nation; 2) 2013 Kansas Green Schools Award; 3) 2012 Green Ribbon School award winner (1 of 78 schools in USA); 4) Ms. Scribner, ecology teacher, has been selected as the 2012 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators winner (1 of 17 in USA and the 2015 Conservation Educator of the Year by Kansas Wildlife Federation); 5)Ms Scribner, ecology teacher has been selected as one of 24 U.S. teachers to participate in the 2012 Fulbright Japan U.S. Teacher Exchange for Environmental Sustainability Development. 6)Ms. Scribner, EHS ecology teacher, was awarded the KACEE Award of Excellence for Pre K-18 in environmental education 2009; 7)winner of KS Waste Mgt Grant to purchase recycling containers for high school and install a fishing line waste collection unit at the OWLS pond; 8) 2011 Silver Award certification Eco-School, NWF; 9) Featured case study September 2011--Eco Schools go to: to read the case study.