EDISON, NJ -- Three Lower School teachers from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison shared their passion for sustainability and made presentations at The Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education (ANJEE) Conference on Sept. 27 at Duke Farms in Hillsborough.

Katherine Heiss, third grade teacher and W+H Coordinator of Sustainability, led a group activity by speaking about current happenings in the rainforest and read The Great Kapok Tree. Sue Howard, Lower School art teacher, taught a session about Andrew Goldsworthy, a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist who produces site-specific sculptures and land art situated in natural and urban settings. Maria Hinestroza, Lower School Spanish teacher, led a tree meditation activity to help participants appreciate nature. The entire day was based on tablet and tech-free outside learning.

The organization's Mission Statement says that ANJEE envisions a time when people will embrace their place in the natural world, understand that human health is dependent on a healthy environment and have the skills they need to enjoy their environment and protect it for present and future generations. ANJEE supports and advances environmental education efforts in New Jersey for people of all ages in order to cultivate and environmentally literate population.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located at 1295 Inman Ave. in North Edison, near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community.