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Native Plants Garden

Date: August 10, 2014 Author: admin Categories: News, PTA, PTA News, School News, Special Projects

Mr. Triska, with the PTA’s support, initiated “Rusty’s Request” in the 2013-2014 school year. The project plans to repurpose the bog area at BA into a native plants garden. Project objectives are to connect student learning through hands-on, boundless education and create space for an outdoor classroom, performances, and wildlife habitats to support the school curriculum and student enrichment programs.

The school has received a design grant and the students were involved in the initial stage of planning and designing the native plants garden. BA students began by figuring out how the space should be used to support native plants and habitat. Students then submitted designs (we received over 100!) with ideas for what the garden could look like and what features should be included. Mr. Triska held an assembly with the garden designer where she presented some ideas and students could ask questions about the plans.

The garden is envisioned as a space for both unstructured exploring and formal instruction to complement students’ and teachers’ enjoyment of outdoor learning spaces. We have the initial phase of design complete and the native plants garden will include paths through habitat areas, outdoor classroom/seating/work area, bird boxes and wildlife habitat structures, as well as informational signs and kiosks to share observations. We are excited to see the space begin to change this fall and are excited to have all BA students and families contributing to this project.