Montgomery's many resources include a 60-acre campus rich in facilities, a strong faculty and staff, and a loyal community. The School is committed to being a good steward of these assets by carefully optimizing their use, and adopting responsible environmental practices... Through these efforts, we will model these guiding principles for our students as an important component of their overall learning experience.
In addition to a two-year grant to continue the development of stronger environmental awareness and sustainability, the Board of Trustees approved the following goals as part of the Strategic Plan:
- Actively steward our campus and facilities, with an emphasis on environmental sustainability and “green” practices.
- Provide an expanded environmental curriculum.
- Invest in our faculty by ensuring opportunities for professional development and growth.
Montgomery School sits on a 60 acre campus in Chester Springs, PA that was formerly a working farm. There are a variety of habitats found on the campus that capture the attention of students and staff and encourage curiosity as we unravel the natural history of this land. In addition to the mown grass quad and athletic fields there are marshes, wet meadows, mixed hardwood forests, palustrine (wetland) shrublands, and a riparian sycamore/box elder floodplain forest. The Pickering Creek is a high quality lotic waterway that supports over 20 species of fish including the PA State Fish - Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis). The northernmost area of the campus includes a deep-water lentic pond that formed in an abandoned quarry. This site, known as the the Prizer Mine, played a significant role in the local economy during and after the Civil War as the ore was rich in iron and produced up to 25 tons of ore per day. The Prizer Mine was in operation from 1856 until 1882 when it was closed due to safety concerns as the pit was deemed too deep to mine by typical open pit methods (150ft deep). The meadow to the East of the quarry is a unique example of indigenous warm season grasses and wildflowers.