Central Garden / Outdoor Classroom

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The Central School 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.

Support the creation of a new Friendship Garden and other enhancements

The Central School Garden is celebrating its 20th anniversary next year! We are planning some exciting changes to commemorate the anniversary and we need your help! Your support will help us install a Friendship Garden with an outdoor library containing books and games and picnic tables that provide a place for students to sit with friends; a raised bed digging area where students can conduct soil experiments and dig for worms; and update structures to expand the outdoor classroom area and replace the aging shed. Please consider donating, we appreciate your support!


Volunteer during recess

The garden is open during recess on Wednesdays 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.