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Work Days

Saturday, February 24th from 10am-2pm.

Please join us for our next volunteer work day! We will be working our our new chicken coop, continuing to build the food forest terrace, and mulching, as usual! There will be lunch provided and students earn service points for volunteering.  
Sunday, April 29th from 10am-2pm

Mark your calendars for the last work day of the school year: 

January 27th

Thank you to volunteers with Friends of the Urban Forest for planting a pear tree and the Strawberry Tree. Check out our newest tree additions in the food forest (4 plums, 4 pears, 2 apples) and in front of the school (Strawberry Tree/arbutus "marina")


Spring 2018 Curriculum

In the average week, between 500-600 students visit the outdoor classroom for lessons and to volunteer! Mandala making

6th grade: All classes visit the outdoor classroom weekly:

  • January 8th: Applying studies of Hinduism and Buddhism to concepts of geometry and wildcrafting to make garden mandalas
  • January 15th: The water cycle with evidence of evaporation, condensation, transpiration, and surface runoff in our outdoor classroom
  • January 22nd: Nitrogen cycle, agricultural runoff, and dead zones
  • January 29th: Carbon cycle, emissions, and what APG can do about it
  • February 5th: Earth's Biomes: Make a "Frankenstein" plant adapted to survive in a randomly-assigned biomeGarden mandala
  • February 12: Nutrition and getting in those garden greens: Fava green pesto
  • February 19th: Artificial selection vs. natural selection and saving/starting seeds
  • February 26th: Fruit tree care and companion planting: Planting guilds in the food forest
  • March 5th: Pollinator habitats and forage: Building native bee homes and planting pollinator plants 
  • March 12th: Native plants and peoples: Ethnobotany and how we can use plants today
  • March 19th: Plant illustrations and research: Each student chooses a plant to get to know on a deeper levelgarden mandala 2

7th and 8th grade classes

  • January:
    • Ms. Jenson (social studies), Ms. Johnsen (PE and nutrition), Ms. Sabatini (ELA) , and Mr. Lie (AVID), visited the outdoor classroom to cook, build, and contemplate.Measuring int he garden
    • Mr. Stephens, Ms.Gebb, Mr. Scott-Smith, Mr. Leung, and Ms. Jazmin had their special day classes out to make garden pesto, pump water from our rain catchment system, plant, and mulch.  
  • February
    • Mr. Johnsen's  and Mr. Chan's 7th and 8th grade science classes will be studying botany and conservation of mass.
    • Ms. Castro's 7th and 8th grade ELA classes will be discussing the present and history of harvesting food.Planting
    • Mr. Lie and Ms. Adcock's AVID classes will be working on new constructions in the garden.
    • Special day classes will be making garden salad, checking out the compost, and watering. 

Garden wish list

We always need the following:


  • BIODEGRADABLE dish soap (brands like Seventh Generation and Method)
  • Sponges
  • Firewood
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Exterior acrylic paint and paintbrushes
  • Vermiculite (in garden section at home improvement stores)
  • Pruning sheers and loppers
  • Seeds (almost any kind--if you are not sure, send Ms. Kasey an e-mail!)
  • Induction burner or hot plates
  • Tupperware 
  • Stainless steel knives 
  • Exterior grade hardware, any size (nails and screws--look for GALVANIZED steel)
  • Building supplies (wood, PVC, concrete, sand, clay, straw) 
  • Large beach umbrellas for shade 



  • Olive oil
  • Vinegars: Apple cider, distilled white, balsamic, and rice
  • Raw sunflower seeds (for presto)
  • Miso
  • Sesame oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Black pepper
  • Red Pepper flakes 
  • sunbutter (replaces nuts butters for allergy-free treats)
  • mustard (any kind)
  • Flour
  • Pizza/tomato sauce
  • Mozzarella (for 6th grade pizza party in May or June)

APG Orchard Planting

Gardening Staff

Ms. Kasey:

Garden Club

Garden Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday during lunch. Come eat and learn about the garden!    IMG 5194.JPG

Sloat Garden Center Fundraiser

Earn money for our school garden when you shop at Sloat Garden Centers! During the following weeks, mention our school and 10% of your purchase will be given to the garden:

  • Friday 2/9 – Sunday 2/18
  • Friday 3/23 – Sunday 4/1

Sloat Garden Center Flyer

Support the Outdoor Classroom

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Purple Flower