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Outdoor Classroom

What do we do in our Outdoor Classroom?

WE CULTIVATE

We choose mostly short-season and cold-season vegetables so that students can participate in the entire farm-to-table cycle from planting to harvest.  Students not only plant and maintain the veggie beds, but also care for the other areas of our outdoor classroom that include native plantings and pollinator-friendly species.

WE LEARN AND OBSERVE

As we garden, we also sketch, reflect and learn: What do mulch and worms feel like? How does the garden change in winter? Why is the nitrogen cycle important? We also do fun projects!  Last year we made sun-print bookmarks, participated in a bird-bassoon presentation, painted pots to make bird baths, and built a solar oven.

WE CELEBRATE

We harvest and eat often!  It’s amazing what (and how much) vegetables students will eat if they grow them themselves.  Last year the entire first grade class asked for seconds of raw kale… and most wanted thirds!  We also had fun sampling our solar-cooker omelets made with spring “green garlic” from the garden.