The Central Elementary School Garden is over 20 years old! The garden is a wonderful school-wide resource, utilized by our Outdoor Classroom teacher who provides hands-on, curriculum-based lessons for all grades. Many of our faculty incorporate the garden into their teaching throughout the year, and children can enjoy the peacefulness of the garden during recess and after school.
The Central Garden boasts a diverse selection of native prairie plants, wildflowers, herbs, vegetables, and nectar and pollen-rich plants that support the health of butterflies, bees and other insects. The garden is recognized by Monarch Watch as an official Monarch Waystation and by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat.
Volunteer during recess
The garden is open during recess on Tuesdays and Fridays (weather permitting) until early November and reopens in the Spring. Children can spend their recess in the garden to explore, help with garden work, play games with friends, read, draw with provided paper and art supplies, participate in nature art projects or just enjoy this beautiful, peaceful space. Parent volunteers who provide supervision during recess enable the garden to be open and accessible to children during that time.
To volunteer for Garden Recess Duty, please click here.
Volunteer to help work in the garden
Parent and student volunteers help keep the garden alive and flourishing. It is truly a space that brings the school together. If you are interested to support this wonderful resource by putting on gardening gloves with us during a Garden Work Day, please contact the Garden Committee. No prior garden experience is necessary, just a willing spirit!
Please contact the Garden Committee with any questions.