The mission of the Garden Classroom is to nurture a culture of environmental guardianship, to inspire wonderment and appreciation for gardens and the natural world, and to challenge our school community to solve problems and use resources in a way that is sustainable. You can read the entire Garden Classroom Curriculum by clicking here.
We broke ground on our Garden Classroom in the Fall of 2013. In May 2014, the garden was designed, planted, and established. Each grade, as well as the early school, was responsible for a plot. Over the summer volunteer student gardeners came in to help out with chores and harvesting. The garden includes a weather station, a birdhouse and sundial created by Early School students, a solar panel, gazebo, and picnic tables with umbrellas. Throughout the fine Autumn weather of 2014, classes conducted experiments, shared in the chores, learned to compost, read stories, and enjoyed lunches in the garden. Herbs and vegetables were harvested and used to create delicious, healthy dishes in our cafeteria. Recipes were shared. Beds were prepared for the winter. A winter garden art installation was unveiled at our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony with student projects lending color and interest to continue the garden as a place of beauty throughout the year.