With over 20 acres of beautiful fields, cattail pond, and woodland, there’s always something new happening on our campus.
Our greenhouse, solar array, maple shack, and tree houses (dubbed Fortville by the children) are just a few of the ways we spend time outside on campus.
A Growing Campus
The Riley School has had raised beds for many years. These beds were often tended by our youngest children and held flowers and herbs. In 2014, with support from a Davis Family Foundation grant, the school built a greenhouse!
The greenhouse and gardens were planted in spring 2015 and tended by committed Riley children and volunteers over the summer, and now provide an abundance of fresh greens and veggies.
Solar at Riley
Riley School has partnered with ReVision Energy to bring solar power to the campus. We have gone green by using renewable energy to reduce our oil consumption. Children and faculty take advantage of a variety of opportunities to integrate this campus improvement into its inquiry-based curriculum.
The 37.44 kilowatt ground-mounted solar array, made up of 144 solar panels is located to the north of the theater, within full view of students, faculty, administrators, parents, and visitors.
You can track our energy production here any time and see how we’re doing.
ReVision Energy has been installing solar systems in New England for 10 years. They have put in place more than 4,500 systems—from solar hot water heaters for homeowners to large solar arrays for municipalities.
Riley’s Lower Schoolers culminate a month-long special interest project about the maple syrup production process—from tree to bottle—on Maine Maple Sunday. We are a registered stop on the Maple Sunday list, so join us in the spring for some fresh made Riley Gold!