Tuckahoe’s Exemplary Project, Discovery Schoolyard, has been enriching learning experiences for students since 1996. Hands-on, nature-based lessons allow students to make meaningful real-world connections to the curriculum. Tuckahoe students use the schoolyard to grow and harvest vegetables, compost, measure outdoor conditions, observe wildlife, inspire artwork, recreate Colonial life, and more. All Tuckahoe students participate in Discovery Schoolyard activities, including taking turns caring for the gardens, which fosters a sense of stewardship. Discovery Schoolyard provides myriad opportunities for volunteer engagement and community-building with our PTA as well as community partners.
The Discovery Schoolyard Project also enhances S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) – based learning at Tuckahoe. Activities such as constructing a model bird’s nest, building a garden cold frame, examining mummified cells, designing a spacesuit, and making a compass require understanding of the natural world. They also challenge students to use all the S.T.E.A.M. elements and work collaboratively to solve problems, building critical-thinking and communication skills.