The Outdoor Education Center, our school garden, allows students to learn from the multi-ecosystems flourishing there, to see the interconnectedness and impact all living and nonliving things have on each other. A living lab where students connect to the natural world just steps away from their classroom, our learning garden aims to deepen students’ understanding of natural systems, while honoring imagination, exploration, and play. By growing our own food and flowers from seed to harvest and having hands-on experiences preparing ingredients and natural crafts for special events such as the Harvest Festival, students gain insight in the value of whole foods, the great amount of energy required to make food, and develop a relationship and deep appreciation for our precious, natural resources.
Named in honor of our founding head of school and re-envisioned as part of the 2014 schoolyard project, The David R. Heath Outdoor Education Center, is a unique and treasured focal point of our campus. Students of all ages have dedicated class time in the garden with the garden teacher. Classroom and specialist teachers use the resources of the garden to enrich their programs and activities. The garden also teaches problem solving and patience, as students plant, tend to, and wait for plants to grow, working as a team to create success.