Partnering with Glen Lake’s community, the school’s new living laboratory will focus on science, agriculture, and cooperation. Each grade level will plant six plots and use the garden in a different way. Third graders, for example, will grow their own snacks, study the physics of sound, build birdhouses, and investigate native rocks and minerals. The outdoor classroom will include benches and tree stumps for seating, and will provide an intriguing alternative learning environment, with space for unique science experiments and nature observation. Extra food will be donated to the ICA Food Shelf.
Walking paths are part of the design as well, with summer weeding and watering provided by students, their families, Glen Lake staff, and community volunteers. Minnesota Lt. Governor Tina Smith recently visited Glen Lake to learn more about Hopkins Schools intriguing Farm-to-Table fresh food initiatives; this garden expands on those already in place. Read about her visit.
Glen Lake Elementary
Submitters: Hannah Swaden, Maria Williams, David Simpson