Our objective is to create a safe, beautiful outdoor classroom on the grounds of the Monroe Consolidated School. The outdoor classroom will be used as an extension of the indoor classroom and a quiet place for reading or drawing. Additionally, it will hold gardens that have significance for data, research and our community. Surrounding the garden are trees that were a part of a biomass project associated with the Smithsonian Institution.
At the end of June 2014, a lovely bench was added to the outdoor classroom to celebrate Jeanne Ward’s many years of dedicated service to the district. Azaleas, blueberry bushes, a small grove of plum trees, tomato plants and daylilies were added to the classroom through donations by the MCS PTF and a grant from NH Fish and Wildlife. Our 7/8th and graders built the raised beds for the classroom.
In the Spring of 2015 a pergola was added. Ms. Corkins and the students created a labyrinth. The guide and sign in booklet for the labyrinth are located on the far side of the pergola.
In the Fall of 2015 additional seating was also brought in so students and the community can more readily access the garden. Students may also start to take part in the MCS Natural History Mystery of the Month. Schoolwide students studied pollinators and took part in the first ever Pollinator Parade!
Last year MCS Naturalists will be meet for the fourth year to assist with projects and to learn more about the natural world. They focused on BUGS with the Bug Chicks! Students in grades 3/4 used the weather station for collecting data.
In the Spring of 2016 a grant from NH Audubon allowed us to create a pollinator wall and to add perennials to the gardens. Every classroom also received seeds to use to grow plants in the raised beds. This year second grade students are using the outdoor classroom weekly for integrated studies.