The lake at Westtown has long been a special place on campus. It was created in 1912 from swimming and skating ponds constructed in the 1860s. A refurbishment was completed in 2015, which included upgrading the dam and the docks at the Lake House.
The 14.5-acre lake is home to abundant and diverse wildlife. Different species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish can all be spotted while exploring their habitat. Our academic programming intentionally connects students to nature, and this rich area provides a living laboratory for students of all ages. From the Lower School Farm + Forest program, to the earth sciences in the Middle School, to the Environmental Science courses in the Upper School, the lake, the frog pond near the lake, and the stream that feeds the lake are areas for research and observation. Middle School students learn and practice canoe skills on the lake to prepare for their annual canoe trips as well.
The lake is also a space for recreation and spiritual connection. Canoeing, picnics, community gatherings, meditation and mindfulness practices, and serene walks around the lake are essential parts of the Westtown experience for students and adults alike.