2nd Nature Academy and Nature’s Pathways are located on The Nature of Things campus, the site of a former 18th century dairy farm. Consisting of 39 acres of pristine land in south Nashua, NH and Dunstable, MA, the grounds also abut roughly 700 acres of conserved and protected land in both municipalities. With fields, forests, ponds, wetlands, and a working farm, our grounds are the perfect place to learn, explore, and play!
The sustainable campus also includes:
- Salt-water swimming pool
- Challenge elements and low ropes course
- Ball fields and courts
- Hiking trails
- Working animal farm with animal barns and riding ring
- Duck pond teeming with wildlife
- Organic greenhouse and gardens
- Fruit orchard
- Cultured and wild berry bushes and brambles
Our property boasts several healthy, high-performance “green” buildings, including the first LEED Platinum Certified non-residential building in New Hampshire and winner of the 2010 Lean & Green Building Award from Business New Hampshire Magazine. The buildings meet strict criteria for site selection and sustainable building practices while utilizing highly efficient plumbing systems, solar voltaic electricity, and a super-efficient geothermal heating system. They also utilize recycled and local materials, maximize natural lighting, include certified wood from sustainably managed forests, and are void of products that contain toxins that may contribute to unhealthy buildings. As a result, our student body, faculty, and staff all benefit from working and learning in a healthy environment.
Green Building & Consulting Group planned, coordinated, and managed the construction of all of our healthy, high-performance school buildings and barn facilities.
Learning Through Our Surroundings
The many green aspects of the school buildings and campus are utilized on a daily basis in the school to teach about energy, conservation, recycling, water efficiency, earth science, biology, farming, sustainability, ecology, weather, economics, health and nutrition, community, collaboration, and critical thinking.