After months of studying how water moves, making maps, and designing a rain garden, the students finally got to dig their shovels in the soil and begin landscaping their rain garden. They were so excited to begin and have kept that enthusiasm for the past few weeks as they accomplish their goals. Each work day, the students come together is discuss their designing ideas and then go off to do them. See how the garden has developed below:
For the students could design the rain garden, they explored the shape of the garden space and how it is being used by the students and school community. They worked on their map making skills by creating basic maps and then adding important information to it, such as human activity, water flow, shade, and sun.
In the 2015-2016 school year, we look forward to expanding the garden it even further to include a native plant garden. Over the years, students have been planning for a native plant garden on site. They have generated excitement about the project and are preparing to develop the garden space during the next school year. The River Otter classes, 5th-6th grade, will be exploring the importance of native plant restoration, as well as studying native plant habitats, as well as undergoing a rigorous mapping process of the future site. These studies and preparation will culminate in student design of the garden and building it during garden classes and Friday Field Studies days. We look forward to the help of parents, the school, local nurseries, and GreenSleeves Landscaping to complete this project.