A group of children smile while playing in a creek.

Powered By Nature

It’s always better to have class outside. That’s why we’ve launched Powered by Nature, a twist on STEM education that emphasizes exploration in nature, authentic scientific investigation, and character development.

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This unique program helps students understand that the choices they make have the power to transform the planet, their community, and themselves.

Launched in the fall of 2016, Powered by Nature serves all fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students in the Pottstown School District. And it all happens outside!

A group of children and adults outside. One of the adult has a sign around their body that says "How healthy is the creek for living things"

The three year curriculum—offered in partnership with NorthBay, an outdoor education center based in Maryland—includes multiple outdoor experiences each year, including exploration of local school yards, visits to nearby streams and parks, and trips to Natural Lands nature preserves.

A program highlight is a one-week stay at NorthBay’s extraordinary nature center on the Chesapeake Bay for sixth grade students,

Powered by Nature is a partnership of Natural Lands, NorthBay, and the Pottstown School District.

Powered by Nature is approved for Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) contributions. For more information about the EITC program, please visit giving through EITC.

Major funding is provided by PECO and the Exelon Foundation. Additional support comes from  Brown Brothers Harriman, J.P. Mascaro and Sons, and CHUBB.