The campus in the trees.
As an international school not far from Nairobi, we take pride in our strong eco-focus. Our picturesque green campus, which is surrounded by 40 acres of indigenous forest and tea fields, is nestled within the Brackenhurst Botanic Garden. The garden boasts a Level III status from ArbNet, a global community of tree-focused professionals, and is one of only 22 such gardens worldwide. It houses over 500 diverse tree species, surpassing the count of all of Europe and Canada, and is comparable to that of the entire USA! Our forest is also home to 180 bird species and our flagship species, the Black and White Colobus Monkey. It’s no surprise that our campus is widely recognized as one of the most beautiful, expansive, and eco-friendly in the greater Nairobi area.
At Woodland Star, we utilize the natural surroundings to enhance the learning experience of our students. Our indigenous forest serves as a valuable resource for nature and bird walks, while outdoor exploration of our open spaces is integral to our students’ school life. We are continually striving to reduce our carbon footprint and work towards being an even greener campus. To that end, we work closely with Brackenhurst Conference Center and their long-standing partner, Plants for Life International. In addition, we have several environmental partners and initiatives on our campus, including:
- Centre for Ecological Restoration Kenya (CER-K), one of our principal environmental partners, who offer environmental education packages on our campus and maintain a seed bank and tree seedling nursery for rare and endangered indigenous species.
- Forest Foods, an amazing agroforestry project located on our campus. Forest Foods are “Africa’s pioneers in Syntropic Agroforestry. They grow the world’s best food on next generation farms that recreate the natural world and supply abundance for the future.”
- EduAfrica, one of our educational partners, who collaborate with tertiary institutions abroad, many of which specialize in the environmental field. For instance, a group of students partnering with EduAfrica are presently engaged in researching our troops of monkeys on campus.
- SUGi, in collaboration with Woodland Star School and Tigoni Primary School, has undertaken the restoration of a 400 square meter forest area using the Miyawaki Method, which creates forests that are 30x denser and contain 100x more biodiversity than traditional forests. The pocket forest, which comprises 1,200 trees and shrubs, including 54 indigenous species, is a testament to the school’s core values of innovation and environmental conservation.