Our garden is an outdoor classroom and community garden that strives to:
–– Encourage exercise and healthy eating through first-hand experience growing and tasting fruits and vegetables
–– Expose students to hands‐on environmental education opportunities including sustainable living and conservation techniques
–– Connect students to the natural world inspiring an appreciation, awe and respect for nature – and to have fun in the process!
–– Offer students experiential garden-based learning activities and encourage the integration of garden activities into classroom curriculum that supports Common Core State Standards wherever possible through our Gardener-in-Residence Program
–– Build community within our school by offering spring and fall community work days, picnics and potlucks; hosting special school events like open houses; inviting our after school program to utilize the garden; and giving Lapham-Marquette families priority in our "Adopt-the-Garden-for-a-Week" summer program
–– Build community beyond our school's walls by designing a garden that offers wheelchair and stroller accessibility; inviting summer school and scout programs to utilize the garden; inviting our neighbors to participate in our "Adopt-the-Garden-for-a-Week" summer program; growing food and donating it to neighborhood food pantries; and providing a relaxing, fun, educational garden for people of all ages and mobilities to enjoy!