St. Luke School serves students in Preschool through 8th grade. We are proud to share that students in each grade have a role in caring for their assigned raised garden bed and being a part of the greater goals and maintenance of the school garden.
Originally, we partnered with Tilth Alliance to assist in the development of a rich curriculum as well as staff training in
this outdoor classroom. Our garden is a place where children’s learning helps them to make connections between their experiences and the world around them in a meaningful context.
We are a sustaining King County Level 4 Green School and maintain measures of water prevention, garbage sorting, and reduced electricity within the school. Students sort garbage daily from the lunchroom. A worm bin was added to the garden to show students the full cycle that transforms compostable waste into a renewed resource to enrich the garden soil.
The value of using the outdoor garden environment as a learning tool cannot be underestimated. Outdoor places provide a diversity of resources and spaces that is hard to replicate in an indoor environment.
Research shows that nature has a positive impact on children's physical and mental well-being. There is now a substantial base of evidence about the benefits of taking learning outdoors. Students at St. Luke are doing just that! Children are learning outside regularly every week and cherish their lessons and time with classmates in the garden.
At St. Luke our outdoor learning environment "mirrors" our indoor environment and provides a wealth of rich and varied learning opportunities. Our children are encouraged to explore their outdoor world in all weather, including rain and snow. It has been said that there is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes!