Our Garden Classroom is tucked in a sunny corner of the IslandWood campus with thoughtfully-designed garden beds that provide a variety of tastes, colors, smells, and culinary uses. The Classroom also features a greenhouse, honeybee hives, and an interactive educational area about native pollinators. It was made possible thanks to the generosity of Heide Felton, Deb Fenwick, and Anne Lennartz.
Our Garden Classroom has brought learning to life for more than 50,000 elementary school and graduate students since its creation.
Our Garden Classroom is a place of powerful learning for both graduate students and elementary school students alike. Many of our graduate program alumni now use gardens as a tool in their work as educators at schools and community organizations.
During our School Overnight Program (SOP), our graduate students and garden educators develop garden-based lesson plans that give elementary students the opportunity to explore science, math, and sustainability concepts and practice problem-solving, teamwork, and observation skills.
During this two-hour food experience in our School Overnight Program, students taste and harvest fresh garden produce, participate in a garden lesson that involves tracing the food they eat back to farms and gardens, and then meet our chef-instructors for a hands-on cooking experience.