The Lovett School’s campus was recently designated a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program.

Lovett is the first school in Georgia and 12th in the nation to receive the designation.

Students at the school contribute to environmental protection on the school grounds through stewardship projects that enhance the wildlife habitat and conserve natural resources.

Joellen Zeh, a program manager for Audubon International, said conservation projects let the students “construct an exciting outdoor classroom and build a lasting relationship with the environment.”

While the program emphasizes learning about the environment, it also gives students an opportunity to care for animals, plants and water.

Lovett’s Upper School principal, Bill Dunkel, who heads the school’s sustainability committee, said: “Lovett is fortunate to have a beautiful campus alongside the Chattahoochee River. We want our students to be familiar with their immediate environment so that they appreciate it, protect it and learn from it.”