The Middle School science curriculum provides a rigorous, integrated, and hands-on grounding in botany, biology, geology, zoology, chemistry and physics. The basis of students' scientific exploration is the natural environment of the Land Lab itself - earth, soil, water, plant and animal life - and the work students perform there as part of the Occupations curriculum. Students study and apply science using their surroundings as a natural laboratory. They enhance findings with course work, research through textbooks and other printed resources, traditional experimentation, interviews with experts, and project-based research.
A student working in a six-week cycle in the organic gardening occupation, for example, might study botany as it relates to the plants in the garden or the chemistry of elements of the soil. Such work allows students to make connections between abstract scientific principles and our interdependence with these principles as human beings.