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.
HELP PAVE THE WAY…
Help “pave the way” as we continue to grow and build our campus facilities. Please consider making a contribution to the Pioneer Path, a pathway that connects the campus and serves as tangible evidence of our journey as a school.
Click here to order your paver. Your paver can include an engraved message, words, or names to serve as a reminder of your contribution to this community. We challenge every family to sponsor one paver this Fall, to help to continue to grow the programming and campus that make PSCS a place where learning comes naturally.
Check the Events Calendar for more information.
PSCS @ Kids Fest UNC
Fall Family Hike
Teacher Work Days
September 24th & 25th
4th Grade Call to Adventure
3rd Grade Call to Adventure