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Dr.Burritt: Green Before His Time

from Burritt on the Mountain: A Living History Museum

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This presentation is a virtual field trip of Burritt on the Mountain: A Living Museum in Huntsville, AL on Monte Sano Mountain. Dr. Burritt, a homeopathic physician, was a pioneer of “green” construction and sustainable living. Students will discuss Dr. Burritt, as a homeopathic physician, a conservationist, and how he incorporated durable, salvaged, recycled and sustainably harvested materials for the construction of his home.

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Multipoint: $125.00
By Request: $125.00

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45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

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Primary Disciplines

Service Learning, Community Interests, Social Studies/History, Fine Arts, Health/Physical Education, Family & Consumer Science, Sciences, Character Education, Writing, Problem Solving, Gifted & Talented, Leadership

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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Program available upon request. Mondays between 9:00 am and 3:30 pm CST

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Burritt on the Mountain: A Living History Museum

Huntsville, AL
United States

Burritt on the Mountain— A Living Museum has been referred to as a "Jewel on the Mountain." Start with Dr. William Henry Burritt's eclectic mansion, add a historic park with restored 19th century houses including a barnyard and animals.

Courtney Little

Program Details


This program will begin with a brief history of Dr. Burritt and his mansion.
Green features of the mansion will be shown and discussed.
Current practices of green construction will also be compared and discussed.


The participants will:
Discuss their current recycling practices.

Develop a list of ways to improve their environment using recycling and other methods to achieve a more sustainable school and community.

List current practices of green construction and how to retrofit current home, school and work environments.

Compare and contrast current green construction practices to those of Dr. Burritt’s residence in the early 1930’s and today’s practices. (Insulation, water collection, passive solar)

Brainstorm and plan an art project related to repurposed materials.

Students should develop their own concept of the responsibility they have as an individual for their community, the nation and for the well being of future generations.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Environment & Society
#14 How human actions modify the physical environment.
#15 How physical systems affect human systems.
#16 The changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources.


As a result of activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop understanding
• Personal health
• Populations, resources, and environments
• Natural hazards
• Risks and benefits
• Science and technology in society


Productive resources are limited. Therefore, people can not have all the goods and services they want; as a result, they must choose some things and give up others.

At the completion of Grade 8, students will know the Grade 4 benchmarks for this standard and also understand:
• Scarcity is the condition of not being able to have all of the goods and services that one wants. It exists because human wants for goods and services exceed the quantity of goods and services that can be produced using all available resources.
• Like individuals, governments and societies experience scarcity because human wants exceed what can be made from all available resources.
• Choices involve trading off the expected value of one opportunity against the expected value of its best alternative.
• The choices people make have both present and future consequences.
• The evaluation of choices and opportunity costs is subjective; such evaluations differ across individuals and societies.