With the celebration of Earth Day on Sunday and Green Week, Culver Academies is focusing on the contemporary sustainability efforts happening on campus this weekend. It also brings full circle a unique ecological legacy at the school.
The visions of Culver founder H.H. Culver and longtime superintendent Gen. L.R. Gignilliat converged to make Culver a destination for worldwide leaders like international scouting founder Sir Robert Baden Powell, Boy Scouts of America founder Dan Beard (pictured above), renowned conservationist and naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton, outdoorsman William Vogt, and Jens Jensen, the “Frank Lloyd Wright of outdoor landscape architecture,” to craft programs and campus ecological stewardship ranging from the Woodcraft Camp to the Bird Sanctuary, an orchard and fish hatchery to the Open Air Barracks.
In a very real sense, then, the “green” endeavors of today – which range from geothermal HVAC to solar energy initiatives; the Woodcraft rain garden and Fleet Field pollinator prairie to a forest conservation project; among many others – mark a continuity of long-held values starting when H.H. Culver first sought refuge and natural beauty on the shores of the second largest natural lake in Indiana nearly 150 years ago.