In the Beginning was a Garden
Like all ideas, there is genesis. In our case the genesis was the formation of our school garden in 2008. Our P.E. teacher, Darlene Nall, approached our Librarian with an article she had read about gardening as a way to introduce students to skills that might grow into life-long healthy living. A grant was written and the Garden was off to a modest start. Two beds were constructed by Gardens of Babylon. They have been partner ever since. They supplied the expertise in building our first beds and teaching kids to plant them.
As with all beginnings you never know where a journey may lead. Once students were in the garden teachers began seeing possibilities as kids asked real and challenging questions about nature. If you want to see how our experiences with nature shaped us and our programs click on the link to our
Our Natural History Museum.
WMES emphasizes the value of nature and caring about being good stewards of our natural resources as we integrate these concepts into our science, math, language arts and art curriculum. As we plan for our renovation or rebuilding it seems like the best time to plan for our whole mission and curriculum.
Outdoor education helps children to think critically, be curious, ask questions, and solve problems. We know that students learn best when they are engaged in real world problems and their solution and they love to be part of saving our planet.. A sustainability curriculum lends itself to doing this.
See the brochure that explains why wee need to become a sustainability magnet.