Animals abound on the Pioneer Springs campus. Campus pets include classroom pet’s such as hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, frogs, geckos, and more; plus campus chickens and rabbits. In addition, other animal experiences include egg incubation for life cycle studies, chicks, and partnerships through our nature network such as the Carolina Raptor Center and our local nature preserves through Charlotte-Mecklenburg Parks.
Pioneer Springs’ 9 acre nature-rich landscape is also a sanctuary for native plants, birds, and animals too. Our students not only study their species and habitats, they are taught stewardship and respect for our friends in nature too. Our campus has been designated a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
Small mammals receiving care before being released back into nature may also be found at Pioneer Springs. Michele Rothschild, a lead PSCS teacher is also a certified small mammal wildlife rehabilitator, which brings up close wildlife welfare experiences to our students too. Student and staff pets may be found on campus by invitation only, or at our first annual Pet Parade, where students enjoy introducing their pets to their Pioneer Springs community.