Learn more about the McKenzie Gardens & Outdoor Classroom.
Outdoor Classroom — Parent Volunteers
Outdoor Classroom is a time when McKenzie students can enjoy the gardens during recess time on Mondays and Fridays in the fall and spring.
Parent volunteers help and supervise the children as they explore, create, and observe nature in the garden area.
Each session is a little different and may include:
- Garden work– raking, weeding, and watering
- Planting seeds or plants
- Drawing or painting pictures of nature
- Observing birds
- Looking for worms, insects, and spiders
- Observing butterflies and catepillars in the butterfly area
- Doing nature-based art projects
- Exploring the garden as they do a scavenger hunt
- Digging and mixing the compost
Exciting things are happening in the gardens
- A split rail fence was installed in Fall, 2009 to designate outdoor classroom space.
- Two river birch trees were planted in April, 2010 in honor of Arbor Day.
- Our fourth grade class of 2010 completed their class gift to the school– planting flowers and grasses along the fence.
- An arbor and one smoke bush espalier were planted in late May, 2010.
- Raised garden beds were constructed in August, 2010.
- A path and council ring were installed to create a gathering space for classes in September, 2010.
- Our fourth grade class of 2011 planted bulbs throughout the garden in October, 2010
- Picnic tables were added in Spring, 2012
- Native grasses and prairie plants were added in spring and fall, 2012.