Falmouth Elementary School

Learning Garden & Kindergarten Sensory Garden

Learning Garden: In the Fall of 2009 a Wellness team was formed at Lunt School in Falmouth. This group of teachers, parents and administrators researched practical ways to promote the outdoors and gardening into their curricular and recreational programs. In 2011 when the new school was constructed, the recommendations they made were unable to be incorporated into the school grounds due to financial, safety and maintenance concerns. The Wellness team redesigned their recommendations into three phases to make them less costly and more conservative. The learning garden is “phase one” of the overall school grounds wellness ambitions.  80 volunteers came to a very productive community work day in June to install the school’s new Learning Garden.

The new Learning Garden at Falmouth Elementary School
Learning Garden at FES

Quote:  “This garden will be such an amazing asset to the elementary school and the entire campus, plus a source of nutrition for our food pantry recipients in the summer and our food services program during the school year. (The School Board) will be impressed by the learning this garden will support as well as the wonderful aesthetic it provides. THANK YOU for your vision, your labor, and your enthusiasm.”  Barbara Powers, Superintendent of Schools, Falmouth, Maine

Site-Based Liaison: Amy Winton

Watch a fun video/slide show of the work day, or visit the Falmouth Learning Garden Flickr page for more photos of this project.

FES Sensory Garden
FES Sensory Garden

Kindergarten Sensory Garden: Teacher and Site Based Liaison, Cathlyn Langston, collaborated with Gnome Landscaping on the new Sensory Garden located near the Kindergarten wing at FES.  The garden includes a variety of plants that appeal to all senses, as well as a digging area, sand play area under a tee-pee, and edging made of logs and stone.

Site-Based Liaison: Cathlyn Langston

 

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