As school gets back in session, our elementary students get back to their favorite educational gardens. The first tasks are cleaning the planter boxes, harvesting summer vegetables, and preparing the beds for fall plantings. While doing so, students learn about parts of the plant, the science behind garden maintenance, and wonderful beauty found in God’s creation.
Completing the full S.T.E.A.M. experience, after weeding the gardens students make self portraits using their clippings from the garden!
Built in 2013, the educational gardens include a greenhouse, planter boxes, and a pond for studying water ecosystems. Students enjoy planting and harvesting vegetables and herbs; chefs in FPD’s lunchroom then serve many of them at lunch. The educational gardens add to FPD’s other outdoor learning opportunities that include two nature trails and butterfly gardens.