Gardening and Trees
Pioneer Springs is committed to teaching environmentally sustainable methods with hands-on nature experiences. Our school’s landscape contains beautiful, heritage trees, pristine woods, and multiple natural playgrounds. We are dedicated to environmental preservation through maintenance and replenishment of native species.
Pioneer Springs offers two garden beds for each grade that students maintain. In addition our campus boasts a rain garden created by students featuring native plantings, a fruit orchard planted by students, and a pollinator garden created and maintained by parent volunteers. We also have a pond and wetland that serves as an invaluable learning environment for our students, allowing them to experience firsthand many curriculum standards such as life cycles. We also have multiple natural playgrounds with wooded areas, boulders, sand features, and a dry river bed to support creative and imaginative natural play. Finally, a significant amount of green space on campus is kept pristine for low-impact instructional purposes such as sit spots for journaling and bird blinds for observation.
Repurposed trees are utilized as climbing structures for our students. These tree structures are very popular at recess and support imaginative play and healthy risk-taking. In addition, classes use these structures during instruction as sit spots for observation and journaling. In any case, they provide an opportunity for students to be in contact with a natural material rather than the premanufactured play equipment found on many school playgrounds. Our trees contribute to our students' education in countless ways as teachers use the natural world to engage students' senses on every level. In addition, certified arborists give presentations about tree health to students when appropriate in conjunction with the work being done.
JOIN US ON THE PATH...
We invite the community to support our campus expansion by joining us on the Pioneer Path. The Pioneer Path is both the symbolic journey which we are all taking together creating Pioneer Springs, and also the physical path which connects our unique campus. The first pavers will be installed into the path where it all began - at the Croft Schoolhouse.
For your donation of $185 or $325, a personalized paver or brick will be placed on our Pioneer Path in recognition of your support of Pioneer Springs Capital Campaign. Both personal donations or corporate sponsorship's are welcome to cover the cost of your paver.
Follow this link to order your paver today
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