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.
The Green Schoolhouse is excited to present a summer camp experience at Riverdale Grade School! This summer, join us as we explore the garden and all the magic it has to offer. Each week follows a theme and within the theme your camper can expect to: grow, prepare, and eat tasty treats; find real magical potions in the plants around us; go on an adventure with dragons, fairies, and gnomes; become scientists in the field; and so much more! Our early registration is underway and ends March 1st (early registration is only $250 per week). We keep our camp numbers very small to ensure your camper has a unique experience as they are encouraged to meet new people, take calculated risks, try new tastes, and engage with an entire day outside. There are still a number of spots available in most weeks, but they won’t last long. Check out a full description of our camps here and register here.