Environmental awareness, sustainability, recycling, eco-friendly activities—although this sounds like an ad for Earth Day, it’s actually a description of the curriculum at Ulpanat Arad.
Ulpanat Arad is a YBA high school that teaches students to respect and care for the environment. Students explore nature through a series of regularly scheduled hikes, workshops and electives such as photography and geography.
Woven into the curriculum are special projects that focus on nature preservation. For example, 10th graders at Ulpanat Arad spent several hours cleaning up Nachal Ye’elim, a beautiful hiking trail that’s unfortunately covered in trash. The girls have additional ideas for beautifying Nachal Ye’elim, beginning with an outreach program that will educate visitors to respect nature.
Another YBA school—Yeshivat Sussya—runs a parallel program for boys.