Forest Grove, OR, United States
Our school garden is not only a place to grow food and learn, but also a habitat for wildlife. The first and second grade classes at Forest Grove Community School visit nearby natural areas throughout the year to discover the birds, insects and other wildlife native to our region. We practice observation and inquiry to figure out what makes those habitats healthy, then bring our knowledge back to our community. We work hard to enhance habitat in our school garden and teach our families and friends about it. Watch this video to learn about last year’s partnership with the nearby Tillamook State Forest.
This year, students already have ideas about improving our garden. They are wondering: “How can we invite Barn Owls to the garden?” “What do Violet-green Swallows like to eat?” We hope to continue to explore, ask questions, and help make our neighborhood welcoming for wildlife.