Our outdoor school program in Palmer Lake has a little cabin right by the mountains. The school cabin is used solely for the purpose of the program, and not as a residence. It is a charming, almost fairytale-like environment with a beautiful outdoor space for playing under the canopy of majestic evergreens, working on art projects and learning about nature.
“In every gardener is a child who loves to play in the dirt. In every child is a gardener ready to grow.” ~ unknown source
In our Palmer Lake outdoor school location we start every day in the forest where children spend a few hours playing and exploring in the mountains. Around lunch they return to the school cabin where we work on a variety of different projects, such as playdough sculpting, watercolor painting, sewing. And gardening and tending to plants is also one of our essential activities there. As a part of that we have a small greenhouse, each child also has a small garden allotment where they grew snap peas and we also have a beautiful pollinator -friendly flower garden.
Learning about flowers and pollinators
We dedicated July 2020 to learning about all things garden-themed with a lot of fun hand-ons activities as well as beautiful arts and crafts projects. Learning about flowers and their role was a part of our garden inspired learning journey.
We learned about plant’s life cycle from seed through flower to a fruit and the essential role of pollinators in this cycle.
In all our learning curriculums we always love using playdough to help cement the new knowledge through an artistic expression.
And of course we cared for our beautiful flower garden, as well as planted some new flowers in it.
We really enjoyed utilizing beautiful garden-themed print-outs by Natalie from Raising Up Wild Things who always has wonderful supplementary nature learning materials over on her ETSY shop. And she is also a fellow Coloradan 😉 .
A lot of pretty flower photos 🙂
And here are some photos of our flower garden that I took throughout the summer and early fall.