One of the major transformations or changes at the school this past year was the creation and merger of an Outdoor Classroom and the Memory Garden.
The Family and Friends of the Woodland Memorial Garden, in cooperation with staff and the gifts and support of others, have transformed the Memory Garden space into an outdoor classroom. A process that has lovingly and painstakingly taken place over the past 2 years.
The final phase of this project included the installation of a cement and armour stone seating area complete with stone wall and planted berm. The original garden area is now beautifully mulched and edged, and our fall construction technology class is currently building new seating for this. Teachers were able to start signing out this space to use for teaching and learning during the first week of classes this year. We are all very excited about the revitalization of this important space. Several hundred bulbs from the original memory garden were re-planted along the forest edge of our soccer field. They looked very beautiful this past spring and will continue to double and rebloom there for many years to come.
We are incredibly grateful to many community members who volunteered to help complete this project. Special thanks to Jeff Barten who was able to coordinate this project, and help us obtain a TD Friends of the Environment funding grant.
Special thanks also to James Koetsier, Mike Mohle, John Van Pelt, and the Barten Family who generously donated materials, equipment, expertise, and time to help make this garden transformation a reality.