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A PowerPoint presentation which shows the progress and status of the outdoor classroom for Liberty Elementary School.

A PowerPoint presentation which shows the progress and status of the outdoor classroom for Liberty Elementary School.

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  • Liberty Elementary Centennial Outdoor Classroom Garden
  • The Backstory
    • Liberty Elementary School District
      • Among oldest in-use school buildings in AZ
      • Centennial year 2010
      • 7500 sf unused area adjacent to historic school
    • 2007-Patty Messer has the idea for a garden and applies for grants
    • NJHS-Buy a Brick Program
  • A CONCEPT EVOLVES: Outdoor Classroom / Sustainable Garden
    • Refining the idea:
      • Outdoor classroom
      • Multiple grade levels
      • Engage across curriculum
      • Sonoran desert emphasis
      • Sustainable by students
  • The Centennial Outdoor Classroom Garden at Liberty Elementary School The garden will occupy a 7,500 square foot undeveloped area east of Liberty’s 1910 historic schoolhouse. Over 4,500 students from across the District will be able to participate in an ongoing, interactive learning experience centered on plants, the environment, and climate change.
  • The Need
    • The mission of the Liberty Elementary School District is to create a child-centered environment which ensures academic and personal success.
    • Liberty is a Title One School- ”…to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education…”
    • Need for environmental education-
    • “ No Child Left Inside”--NCLI Congressional Act of 2009
    • Need to excite/engage future WV leaders
    • in science, real issues
      • Water quality
      • Soil contamination
      • Conservation of resources
  • The Site
  • Student Input February 2009- Landscape Architect Team begins working with the Gifted and Talented students in Mr. Bryan’s class Concepts Discussed: Brainstorming Assessing Conceptualizing Designing Critiquing Prioritizing Negotiating Compromise Teamwork
  • Final Color Concept of the Centennial Outdoor Classroom Garden
  • Centennial Outdoor Classroom Garden Features
    • Engraved brick pathway
    • Edible Garden/Lab
    • Native Plants
    • Water Feature
    • Insect/Butterfly Garden
    • Gathering Area
    • Greenhouse
    • Color Garden
    • Composting
  • Timeline Continued
    • February 2009 –
      • Apply for the Schoolyard Habitat Foundation Grant
    • March 2009-
      • Tie Science standards and activities into the Outdoor Classroom
      • Apply for SRP Education Grant
      • Tour of other schoolyard gardens
      • Awarded the Schoolyard Habitat Foundation grant
        • 10,000 worth of in-kind product and services
      • Irrigation Performance Evaluation conducted
    • April 2009 – Presentation to Litchfield Park Rotary for funding
    • May 2009 –
      • Schoolyard Habitat Foundation assesses the site
      • Article in the West Valley View
  • What’s Next? The Future…
    • Phase 1:
    • Spring/Summer 2009
    • Finalize design of outdoor classroom
    • Irrigation performance evaluation
        • Phase 2: School Year 2009-2010
        • Schoolyard Habitat pond construction
        • Planting
        • Installation of solar pumps
        • Installation of engraved brick pathway
        • Construction of seating areas
  • Next Steps
    • Fall 2010-
        • Ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the garden and the 100 th year of the 1910 Building
        • First science classes held
    • Contact Bernadette Mills
    • for more information 623-935-6384