Happy Spring term :)
The last few weeks of our winter term were filled with delicious recipes, creative projects, and explorations in the garden and grounds.
During week 9 we studied the life cycle of plants through observation and taste. We cooked our way from seed to fruit with five delicious recipes: roasted pumpkin seeds, roasted root veggies, kale chips, cauliflower popcorn, and banana bread.
Week 10 focused on a highlight of spring: flowering trees! We took a garden walk to identify some of the flowering trees at Abernethy: plums, pears, apples and more! Students observed the trees through taking a bark rubbing, and sketching the leaves and flowers of their favorite tree. Later in the week we discussed the function of flowers and collected samples to press for a project later this term.
Our last week before spring break the GAP students created their own project to celebrate spring in the garden: constructing a fairy and gnome village / "bug hotel" for the natural space behind the gazebo. Students put their amazing imaginations and creative problem solving to work to construct beautiful decorations to add to the magic of the garden. Using recycled, repurposed and found objects the GAP students worked together beautifully to make their vision a reality!
One piece of news we are very excited about in the GAP program is starting this Tuesday, March 29th, we will have a new educator joining the GAP team. Hannah Maurer is an educator who brings passion and experience in outdoor and experiential learning to our community.
Look for more spring fun in our new Garden of Wonders Instagram account, where this sweet Fairy Garden photo below appears!