Budding Green Thumbs at BBPHS

Bayport-Blue Point High School students are learning about botany and horticulture in a hands-on way this year by working in the district’s reactivated greenhouse. Located on the high school’s property, the structure has not been in use since the late 1990s and was renovated this fall with the help of several students and science teachers, Phillip Turano and Amity Baum.

Having preserved many of the pieces previously used in the facility and with generous donations, in the form of both supplies and information from Bayport Flower Houses, the students have been working to grow several species of plants, flowers and herbs. Student volunteers maintain the greenhouse each day – watering, cultivating plants, cleaning up and regulating the temperatures. The volunteers have also learned how to operate the house, maintain records and care for plants.

“The greenhouse was unknown to most students and staff prior to this year so it has been a rewarding experience to welcome people to it and give tours of the place,” said Mr. Turano. “We have used the greenhouse as a teaching tool for earth science classes, environmental science classes used our plants for a research project, and the LEAP class visits the greenhouse weekly to work in the house with us. My ambition is to see the greenhouse function as the nucleus of an outdoor learning complex on campus, which would help support the Advanced Placement environmental science program that we are pioneering this September. It would also serve as an arena for experiments and research projects for all science disciplines.”