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From a panel discussion, "Growing Curriculum: Creating School Gardens," held as part of the 2014 THV institute, "Farms & Food: Teaching the Hudson Valley from the Ground Up." More information at www.TeachingtheHudsonValley.
Cathy Law has been teaching since 1995. Passionate about her work she teaches a wide range of science classes at New Paltz HS. She started the Courtyard Gardens in 2008 to create an outdoor learning center dedicated to understanding and improving the environment and enable learning that is problem based and interdisciplinary.
The gardens now feature 200+ species of perennials and grasses chosen for hardiness, adaptability, seasonal variation, and attractiveness to birds, bees, and butterflies. Protected by the school’s inner courtyard, the 15 gardens are a sanctuary for wildlife, serve as an outdoor lab for students, and feature themes including Zen, culinary, medicinal, scented, native, silver, and a stone garden featuring specimen boulders.