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Growing Outdoor Learning and Sustainability at Jamestown Elementary School

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Presentation for Jamestown Elementary School PTA on Outdoor Learning and Sustainability. Discussion of our community, vision, goals, wishlists, budget and funding sources - and programs and projects for 2014 - 2015.

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Growing Outdoor Learning and Sustainability at Jamestown Elementary School

  1. 1. Growing Outdoor Learning and Sustainability Jamestown Elementary School PTA November 2014
  2. 2. Our Community
  3. 3. • CARES – Cooperation – Assertion – Responsibility – Empathy – Self-Control • Values and Academics Outdoor Learning Helps Us Grow
  4. 4. Partners • Students • Teaching Staff • Administrators • Parents • PTA • Community Partners – nonprofits and businesses
  5. 5. Our Goals • Increase awareness, appreciation, stewardship • Cultivate project-based and place-based learning • Create a healthy environment • Increase biodiversity • Increase inclusion • Increase environmental literacy
  6. 6. • Mentor staff • Curriculum integration • Educational Program • Budget and fund • Risk management • Green Team • Parents and Partner support • Assess and feedback Strategies
  7. 7. #1 Explore, Discover and Wonder
  8. 8. Maintenance and Support
  9. 9. Maintenance and Support
  10. 10. Funding and Budget
  11. 11. • PTA Visiting Horticulturalist Stipend • PTA Outdoor Classroom Fund • PTA Funding for Grounds Maintenance • PTA Funding for Eagle Scout Projects • PTA Funding for Audio PA • APS Science Fund • PTA Classroom/Instructional Funds • And others e.g. Library Fund • Grant for Outdoor Education Projects Funding Sources
  12. 12. • Grounds Maintenance – Wheat’s – Year-round? – What is realistic? – Needs discussion • Eagle Scouts Projects – Pathway in Courtyard – Digging Box near Gym Funding Wishlist • Audio PA
  13. 13. • Soil Testing and Soil Amendments • Tools and Equipment includes – Wheelbarrows – Microscopes (through APS Science Fund) – Lesson Toolkits Outdoor Classroom Expenses
  14. 14. • Labeling and Signage • Plantings – Native, non-native, edibles – Assess, donations and buy • Books (through Library Funds) Outdoor Classroom Expenses
  15. 15. Outdoor Learning Pre-K to 5
  16. 16. • Wildlife Observation Project • Bird Feeding Station • Smithsonian ‘Bridging the Americas’ • Monarch Watch • Journey North Tulips • Green Team • Farm to School …and many many others Programs and Projects
  17. 17. Celebrate!
  18. 18. • Email • Newsletters • Twitter and Facebook • Website – Jamestown Garden page • Garden Work Days – SignupGenius or just show up! Communications
  19. 19. Questions? Chris Payack Second Grade, Science Lead Teacher Christine.payack@apsva.us Mary Van Dyke Green STEM Learning maryvandyke4@gmail.com Contact us

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