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Community & Inclusivity

Garden / Outdoor Learning

Gardening Program / Outdoor Learning

Program Summary:

In 2012, a committed group of teachers and parents began to draft plans for a school garden and outdoor classroom on the FSK campus. Due to their hard work, the gardening program was successfully launched – the school became a greener space with endless outdoor learning opportunities. Today, the gardening program at Francis Scott Key is a collaboration between Climate Corps, a program of SEI,  and the students and families of FSK. Our full-time garden instructor conducts weekly lessons in our beautiful outdoor classroom, serving all K-5 classes. Students participate in engaging, hands-on, experiential science investigations aligned with their class curriculum. They become scientific thinkers and environmental stewards, learning to care for and protect the natural world around them.

Lessons in the Outdoor Classroom
Topics include:
  • Worms and decomposition
  • Plant adaptations
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Garden-to-table cooking
  • Ecosystems
  • Bees, birds, and other garden creatures
  • Plant life cycle
  • Ethnobotany
  • Animal habitats
  • Garden planting and maintenance
  • Wood and trees

Community Days
We host several garden work days per year to help keep our garden clean and beautiful as well as implement projects. The more hands the merrier! Keep an eye out for upcoming events through our blog posts, the FSK discussion list, or on the FSK Facebook page.

We are always looking for volunteers to help maintain our garden spaces as well as assist in lessons. Volunteer opportunities include:
  • Weekend watering and weeding
  • Class-time support
  • Materials prep for classes
  • Volunteer outreach
  • Assisting in garden workdays

Any help is greatly appreciated!!

To get involved, or for questions/comments/concerns, please contact:
Garden Committee Chair [email]

Garden Workday ~ March 5th

Please lend a hand in our school garden this weekend. We are doing maintenance as 

Garden Work Party ~ November 13

Please join us for our Fall Garden Workday on11/13 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. 

Support our School Garden

Please support the FSK Outdoor Garden & Science Classroom!  Our  Garden Committee Chairs, Ashley and 

Garden Work Party ~ February 29th

Join us at the FSK Garden Work Party on Saturday, February 29th, 11:00am – 1:00 

Outdoor Science Class ~ Sloat Fundraiser through February 16th

Please Support FSK’s Outdoor Garden and Science Classroom by shopping at Sloat Garden Center and 

Outdoor Science Class – Sloat Fundraiser, January 10-19

Please Support FSK’s Outdoor Garden and Science Classroom by shopping at Sloat Garden Center and 

Outdoor Science Class – Sloat Fundraiser through November 3

Please Support our GARDEN & OUTDOOR SCIENCE Classroom by shopping at Sloat Garden Center and 

Garden Party ~ October 19th

Please join us for a fun Garden Party this Saturday, October 19th, 10am-11:30am.  We will 

Support our FSK Garden through September 15

Last Weekend to Support FSK’s Outdoor Garden & Science Classroom!   Shop at Sloat Garden 

Growing up Green – Sloat Garden Center Fundraiser – March 22nd-31st

The next Growing up Green fundraiser at Sloat Garden center starts this week! Help support 

Garden Workday Changed to February 17th

Join us for an upcoming garden workday this Sunday, 10a-1pm, at FSK! We will be 

Future of the Garden Meeting – 10/21/18 @ 11AM-12PM (Sunday)

Hello Families of FSK, We hope your school year is off to a great start.