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CES celebrates completion of Phase One of outdoor classroom

CES celebrates the completion of its outdoor classroom.
CES celebrates the completion of its outdoor classroom.

Barb Helton

Crestline First Grade Science Teacher

The birth of Crestline’s Outdoor Classroom was May 5.  Teachers, students, parents, and volunteers dug up, planted, scooped, and completed Phase One, which consists of an orchard, an herb garden (which the lunchroom will utilize), a sensory garden, a frog and toad bog, a water maze and a turtle habitat.

“We are so excited about our orchard,” said first grade science teacher Barb Helton. “We have thornless blackberries, raspberries, gogi berries, and blueberries. It will be fascinating to see students actually pick these berries. Hopefully we’ll grow enough so that our lunchroom ladies can incorporate them into a desert.”

Another exciting feature is our sensory garden. This garden is geared towards our preschool and special needs students because of the different textures they can feel. We have a large board with various textures glued down for students to feel, such as chains, AstroTurf, PVC pipe and rocks to name a few. There is a magnetic board on the backside which has a magnetic alphabet where students can practice the alphabet or their name. Future plans are to purchase a magnetic marble run.  Within the sensory garden is an herb garden which will be picked and used by our lunchroom.

Another favorite learning station is the water run. Students pour water through recycled bottles down a maze and into a bucket. We also have a sand box with utensils and toys within the sensory garden.

Plans are to begin and complete Phase Two in September.

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