Work finishes on Trunk Island classroom makeover
A goal to teach 3,000 students annually about the environment and conservation at a property on Trunk Island is expected to be realised after the completion of renovations.
Works increased the size of a cottage at the Bermuda Zoological Society’s “living classroom” with the addition of sheltered porches for learning and storage areas.
A spokeswoman explained: “In 2017, the BZS transformed Trunk Island into a spectacular outdoor classroom for schoolchildren to learn about conservation and the environment.
“The island in Harrington Sound is home to one of the largest original relic Palmetto palm forests in Bermuda. Its isolation makes it an ideal location for conservation efforts.
“The BZS transformed the existing caretaker's cottage into a classroom and this building now provides the perfect setting for BZS educators to conduct a quick lesson, perform a lab experiment and then move the students outside into the field for practical study.
“In addition to the classes, the cottage provides the perfect setting for older students to experience residential camps, allowing them to remain on the island for significant periods with all the amenities they would need while being immersed in Bermuda's natural history.”
She added: “With the recent upgrades, BZS educators can now accomplish their goal of 3,000 students a year utilising the space in a formal classroom setting for learning while surrounded by nature.
“In addition, the front porch will provide shelter for either sleeping outdoors during residential camps or for classes, with the back porch providing a sheltered eating area.
“In addition to the porch expansion, the roof of the cottage was given a much needed renovation, including the addition of donated solar panels from Sunny Side Solar.
“This is a continuing step in our many conservation efforts to make Trunk Island a carbon-neutral learning centre.”
Colin Brown, the BZS president, added: “I would like to thank all the donors and contractors that have provided significant contributions towards us reaching this goal on time and on budget.
“Trunk Island is truly a gem, and we look forward to welcoming the community and students over the coming years.
“This work could not have been completed without a strong volunteer group, namely our Weekend Warriors, who provided their valuable time and resources.”
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