This summer saw lots of activity in the school garden as the Green Schoolhouse summer camp met to take care of the garden while school was out. We look forward to a 2017-2018 school year filled with planting, harvesting, growing and learning! To read more about the school’s garden program, check out their page on the district website: Outdoor Classroom & Garden
With seven garden beds, a circular seating area, two picnic tables, a garden shed, composters, irrigation and white boards, our Outdoor Classroom and Garden (located next to the District Office, behind the covered play area) is a bountiful outdoor education area used by the whole school for studies in a variety of core subjects. Students come to plant, explore, learn and touch in myriad lessons taking place throughout the garden cycles.
Last month, several of our teachers and parents (pictured here) attended a symposium on expanding students’ nature experience, creative ways to sustain outdoor spaces and optimizing creative play. Following that, the Outdoor Learning Committee has now met twice and is discussing how to support teachers and students in accessing the school grounds for learning opportunities and curriculum tie-ins. We sincerely appreciate of all of the auction success and contributions made by the community toward this endeavor. Currently the committee needs more helping hands with small, ongoing projects.
We hope you’ll consider joining us for a spring cleaning work party at 2:45 p.m. next Wednesday, April 19, in the garden area, in honor of Earth Day the following weekend.
The committee also has larger projects and goals for the creation of an outdoor classroom – adding fencing to preserve the garden space (shelter from deer), and potentially adding playground shade trees. Your participation on the committee is welcome, as are all helping hands for the spring cleaning event next week.
Last week, Principal Joanna Tobin extended a special invitation to parents to join the new Outdoor Learning Committee, meeting for the first time on Feb. 15. Read her last blog post to see why committee members are needed and how you can get involved.