Indian Hills Outdoor Classroom

$3,435 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 50 people in 30 months
Cathy Woolf
on behalf of Kate Mattsson
As educators, we all have one main goal for each of our students. We want them to grow into and actualize their best self.

We want to challenge students to do difficult things, and use their imaginations to be creative and to solve problems. We want them to learn to work well together, help, guide, and effectively communicate with one another. We want them to fulfill their responsibility to themselves, their classmates, and their community. We want to empower them with the sense of efficacy that comes when they realize that their hard work makes a difference. 

The Outdoor Classroom gives innumerable opportunities for children to develop and grow in just the ways described above. Careful attention has been paid to designing a space with water wise and native plants that attract birds and pollinators.

The butterfly garden, with plants that attract butterflies for egg laying, will provide students the opportunity to observe the butterfly life cycle.  A 1st grade orchard garden will have an espaliered apple and pear tree to keep the fruit within reach of the students. Students will be able to observe the life cycle of trees and plants throughout the seasons, learn about pollinators, their important job and our dependence on them for our food supply. Students will also be exploring non-toxic methods of protecting fruit from pests.

There's a Native American medicine wheel garden to learn about medicinal plants and herbs. There's also an area planned for learning about soil, composting, and microorganisms. And by no coincidence, the fragrance garden is right nearby. Landscape art, wall murals, bird feeders, bird baths, pavers, wind chimes and  a bat house are also included in the plan.

Becoming experts in and stewards of their garden not only provides students with authentic learning opportunities to hone important lifelong skills, but also cultivates an awareness and appreciation for our environment, resource conservation, and nature's need for our care.

If you would like yours to be a tax deductible charitable donation, a receipt and tax ID can be provided if you give or send a check directly to:

Indian Hills PTA 
memo: garden


Indian Hills PTA
2496 St Mary’s Dr
Salt Lake City,   UT  84108
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A chilly spring day in the garden, full of surprises. We scared the living bejeebers out of a baby bunny. We deadheaded old growth. We tied back the grape vine in the bird garden to train it to climb up a (donated) trellis. We have another parent working on a trellis for the honeysuckle. He's come up with an interesting design. Pictures to follow...
Surprised a baby bunny in the garden!
Master gardeners in training
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PLANTING DAY! We had a very successful planting day last week. Parents arranged their work schedule, arranged for babysitters, or brought their "littles" along. The garden is looking fabulous. There are a couple of plants that need to be relocated, and some ground cover that needs to be planted. Irrigation is going to be finalized some time next week.

Next step is mulch. Please let me know if you have a truck and an interest in picking up 80 bags of mulch from Home Depot!

If there's anyone who wants to build two trellises, let me know.

Thank you donors. This amazing project is possible because of you.
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The garden path and the fence along the west wall are going in.
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Welcome baby bunnies!!!
And already we have some inhabitants!
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$3,435 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 50 people in 30 months
Created February 13, 2016
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27 months ago (Offline Donation)
Linda Wagstaff
28 months ago

Great idea; learning outside the classroom pays off as well!

Wendy Wade Leishman
28 months ago

I know my 2nd grader will love it!!!

Karen Steele
28 months ago

Kids and gardens. Two of my favorite things!

Donna LuAllen
28 months ago (Offline Donation)
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28 months ago (Offline Donation)
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