McVey Elementary School

Harmony Pond

Part of the " William Coddington Nature Discovery Center," Harmony Pond, and its surrounding courtyard area, is a self-sustaining ecological environment. Installed in 1995, with the help of the McVey family and the East Meadow community, Harmony Pond is available to all of McVey's classes for use as an outdoor classroom, and curriculum has been developed for this purpose. If a class is studying nature, plants, animal life cycles, the water cycle, weather, or virtually any other life or earth science extension, Harmony Pond and the Discovery Center can be used to supplement the indoor classroom.

The McVey Science Lab, with the support of the PTA, maintains the Discovery Center. We offer McVey families with students in Kindergarten through 4th grade, the opportunity to care for Harmony Pond for one week over the summer months. All instructions and materials are provided for simple science experiments and clean-up rules. Your family may visit the pond as often as you like during the week you are assigned. This is a great way to stay connected to McVey! If you think your family might be interested in caring for Harmony Pond during the summer, please stop by or contact the Science Lab.

  • A Harmony Pond visitor Jan. 21, 2014
  • Reflecting pond
  • Frog friends wooden sign
  • Map of Harmony Pond 1998-99
  • The William Coddington Nature Discovery Center 2002
  • Discovery shelves
  • Discovery sheds - Three made by Boy Scouts- Eagle Scout Project 2002- Michael Volpe- leader
  • Waterfall
  • Sage advice from a stone
  • Rest and enjoy the surroundings with 2 benches given to school by Grad Class of 2009
  • Measure the temperature
  • Early morning sky peeks over the school roof
  • A handcrafted birdhouse donated to our pond
  • Stone commemorates a moon sycamore donated by the Save the Earth Club
  • A slate path drizzled with autumn leaves
  • Birdhouse becomes birdhome
  • Love-shaped leaf configuration
  • Student perspective of the Harmony Pond experience
  • Fun measuring the pond
  • Students studying the pond and nature
  • Springtime brings cherry blossoms!
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