Integrated Environmental Studies

Course Description: 

This two hour class combines the principles of environmental science with a study of local and regional history. Using numerous field trips, the class will tour local farms, parks and prairies, collect prairie seeds and work, when possible, with prairie restoration. The class also does monthly monitoring of water quality in local streams and publishes a newsletter. In addition to student projects, there will be guest speakers, book reports, and work in the greenhouse. An interest in the environment, the willingness to participate, and the ability to give up some lunch hours for field trips, are the main prerequisites. One elective credit will be earned upon successful completion of the first semester class.


2012 ALEA, Integrated Environmental Studies
Native Plant Sale

Argyle students pick local native seeds and grow them in 32 cell trays in their own greenhouse. They are available in specialty trays, individual species trays and custom mixed 32 cell trays. Specialty trays will contain 2-4 pots of 8 or more species depending on availability. Checkout our order form available online at:


ALEA stands for the Argyle Land Ethic Association, a community group organized in support of the Integrated Environmental Studies class and similar efforts in the Argyle Schools and local community. All proceeds in excess of costs (all labor is volunteered) go towards funding environmental education and training in the Argyle School and local community.


Butterfly Garden Possible Species include: Nodding Wild Onion, Butterfly Milkweed, New  England Aster,   White Wild Indigo, Blue Indigo,Pale Purple Coneflower, False Sunflower, Rough Blazingstar,  Wild Bergamot, Smooth Penstemon, Purple Prairie Clover, Yellow Coneflower, Sweet Black Eyed Susan, Brown Eyed Susan, Blue Vervain, Spiderwort, Showy Goldenrod.

Rain Garden Possible Species include: New England Aster, White Wild Indigo, Prairie Blazingstar, Glade Mallow, Cup Plant, Blue Vervain, Ironweed, Red Stemmed Aster, Boneset, Joe Pye Weed, Sneezeweed, Prairie Dock, Cardinal Flower, Swamp Milkweed, Dragon's Head, Culvers Root, Great Blue Lobelia, Canadian Milk Vetch.

Tall Grass Prairie Possible Species include: Smooth Blue Aster, New England Aster, Canadian Milk Vetch, White Wild Indigo, Purple Coneflower, Rattlesnake Master, False Sunflower, Prairie Blazing Star, Yellow Coneflower, Sweet Black Eyed Susan, Rosin Weed, Compass Plant, Cup Plant, Stiff Goldenrod, Hoary Vervain, Round-Headed Bush Clover, Big Blue, Indian Grass, Switch Grass.

Rock Garden Possible Species include: Nodding Wild Onion, Butterfly Milkweed, Pale Purple Coneflower, Rattlesnake Master, Rough Blazingstar, Smooth Penstemon, Purple Prairie Clover, Black Eyed Susan, Brown Eyed Susan, Stiff Goldenrod, Hoary Vervain, Spiderwort, Round-Headed Bush Clover, Showy Goldenrod, Little Bluestem, Prairie Dropseed.

Woodland Edge Possible Species include: Sky Blue Aster, Brown Eyed Susan, Woodland Joe Pye Weed, Ditch Stone Crop, Silky Rye, Tall Bellflower, Columbine, Bottle Brush Grass, Jacob's Ladder, Jack in the Pulpit, Short's Aster, Yellow Coneflower, Sweet Black Eyed Susan, Giant Yellow Hyssop, Side Oats Grama.