At the Orion School, gardening as part of an outdoor classroom has been an essential component of their curriculum. Students navigate the world with social and emotional challenges including ADHD, Asperger’s or anxiety and are often reluctant learners. The Orion School helps engages students to be part of their education through hands on learning opportunities. For example, outdoor adventures including hiking and visiting community gardens have been included in their academic program to instill a love of the outdoors.
Their Certified Wildlife Habitat includes an organic fruit and vegetable garden, chickens, a sanctuary for birds and pollinators, a worm farm, compost tumblers and rain barrels which are all used to promote environmental education. The garden also hosts a bat house for our friends who are listed as an endangered species by the IUCN.
|2012||$1,400||State Farm Youth Advisory Board||To create a community garden, plant trees, install rain barrels, and build compost bins|