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.

The Green Schoolhouse Summer Camp Registration

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Good news, there’s still space with our summer camp experience, hosted by the Green Schoolhouse in your very own school garden. Teacher Lauren has had the best time spending time in the garden with your students from measuring the effects of companion planting with 3rd graders, building beaver dams with kindergartners, creating taste test kitchens with seventh grade leadership, and so much more!

This is an opportunity to invite your student to continue to build their school garden while connecting with friends, finding the magic of the outdoors, and eating the fruits of their labor.  This is our third summer, and it is sure to be the best yet.  We know that the cost of summer camps has been increasing and also understand that summer care is necessary for so many communities.  The goal of the Green Schoolhouse is to create an environment that welcomes all students to the outdoors with a sense of curiosity, adventure, and to build a passion for nature.  Scholarships available to those in need with no paperwork required. Please email Lauren for scholarship registration. Thank you for supporting the Green Schoolhouse and your students as we build our outdoor community.  Please register here.

Green Schoolhouse Summer Camp

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The Green Schoolhouse is excited to announce the return of their summer camp program here in the RGS garden.  Lauren, lead educator and founder, currently works with our students weekly bringing lessons and experiences outdoors.  During summer camp children will have the opportunity to create drinkable potions with medicinal plants, enjoy a feast from freshly harvested fruits and vegetables, go on quests to find gnomes and fairies, conduct scientific experiments, and much more.  For more information, camp descriptions, and registration, click here.

Please contact Lauren Rosenstein with questions.

Getting Ready in the Garden

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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

Outdoor learning, and spring cleaning in the garden next week

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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.