Tuckahoe’s Exemplary Project, Discovery Schoolyard, has been enriching learning experiences for students since 1996. Several garden areas, or outdoor classrooms, provide the setting for hands-on, nature-based lessons that allow students to make meaningful real-world connections to the curriculum. Tuckahoe students use the schoolyard to grow and harvest vegetables, measure outdoor conditions, observe wildlife, inspire artwork, and more. Students also take turns caring for the gardens, which fosters a sense of stewardship. Discovery Schoolyard provides myriad opportunities for volunteer engagement, and is a true community endeavor with a long history of strong support from our PTA and community partners.
Nature-based learning provide inspiration for engaging students in curriculum-connected S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art, math) activities. For example, students explore how animal adaptations have inspired human innovation, investigate uses for plant fibers, measure environmental conditions, and more. These engaging experiences foster critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills.
The Schoolyard is a true community endeavor with many ways to get involved, including:
- Community Garden Workdays
- Schoolyard Stewards Program
- Assisting your child’s class with outdoor activities
- …and More!
For more information, please check the Tuckahoe homepage for updated volunteer opportunities and sign ups. For specific questions, feel free to contact Tuckahoe’s Outdoor Learning Coordinator, Andrea Kaplowitz.