Outdoor Classroom & Garden
With seven garden beds, a circular seating area, a large covered structure with picnic table seating, 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.
Classes and activities you can expect to see in the Outdoor Classroom:
A little history:
- Harvesting and cooking
- Math through irrigation design
- Creation of an entrance garden and gate design
- Bed cleanup, planting winter crops and cover crops, and putting to bed for the winter
- Math (weather and water)
- Climate and weather (building shelters)
- Erosion (water flow)
- Planning spring planting
- An outdoor class offered through PTC’s Community School
In 2014-15, a group of parents, students and staff worked together to extend the Preschool Garden and establish a larger Outdoor Classroom and Garden area next to the Riverdale District Office. Over the course of that school year, the 7/8 Leadership class, with help from adult volunteers, sought donations of sustainable restoration juniper wood for the garden beds and taught younger students how to build. Together, our students and parents transformed the space into a vibrant learning space. Many hands, donations and volunteers contributed to this effort. Our thanks go to all who supported and continue to support this curriculum-enhancing endeavor!