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Falling into Autumn in the Outdoor Classroom

Yolanda proudly displays the sage cutting she has selected to propagate for our plant sale coming up Saturday, October 26th at the PANCAKE BREAKFAST!

7/8th Grade student Yolanda proudly displays the sage cutting she has selected to propagate for our plant sale coming up Saturday, October 26th at the PANCAKE BREAKFAST!

The days are starting to get shorter but our work in the outdoor classroom is anything but slowing down. Our 7th and 8th graders beef up their carpentry and engineering skills, redesigning key garden infrastructure such as erosion control beds and our mobile hot houses.

7/8th grader Shakila hammers in a stake for the fence she is building. This is the first step in an erosion control project Shakila designed and is implementing with classmates.

7/8th grader Shakila hammers in a stake for the fence she is building. This is the first step in an erosion control project Shakila designed and is implementing with classmates.

We have weeded out and cut up all the dead plant matter from the summer and fed it to the compost. Our garden beds are emptied of all their summer glory: no more corn, beans or sunflowers.

Garden Educator Brooke comes back to visit the 2nd Grade in the garden

Garden Educator Brooke comes back to visit the 2nd Grade in the garden.

We are transplanting in winter crops started in the greenhouse: bok choy, squash, beets, broccoli, lettuce, onions to name a few.

Bok choy is a favorite snack with the 5th and 6th grade as they sample tender, sweet leaves while thinning our leafy greens bed.

Bok choy is a favorite snack with the 5th and 6th grade as they sample tender, sweet leaves while thinning our leafy greens bed.

As we munch on the last of the sunflower seeds and scrunch our noses at the curiosity of our sunchoke root harvest, students explore the anatomy of plants and the 6 essential body structures.

Iasiah volunteers to be our class specimen as Kindergarten reviews the 6 body structures of a plant and the important jobs of those body parts.

Isaiah volunteers to be our class specimen as Kindergarten reviews the 6 body structures of a plant and the important jobs of those body parts.

Teacher Nobi's class scavenge the garden for the 6 primary structures that make up a plant. We then created our own super plant diagram.

Teacher Nobie’s class scavenge the garden for the 6 primary structures that make up a plant. We then created our own super plant diagram.

Students patiently wait for their garden to once again fill with a vibrant rainbow of greens and we investigate the anatomy of plants and the importance of habitat in our garden ecosystem.

The 2nd and 3 grade are learning about habitats and ecosystems. In the garden we reactivated the worm bin habitat; providing our worm population with a warm, dark, moist shelter, food and water.

The 2nd and 3 grade are learning about habitats and ecosystems. In the garden we reactivated the worm bin habitat; providing our worm population with a warm, dark, moist shelter, food and water.

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