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Lafayette Science Garden & Outdoor Classroom


The Lafayette Science Garden Program is one of our students’ favorite things about our school!  Last year we were excited to announce the donor partnership with The Robins Family Trust to expand our science garden.  Because of this generous donation, Lafayette has integrated the garden into every aspect of our curriculum, including art, science, writing, and social studies. With the addition of  a dedicated classroom, we taught over 120 classes last year giving teachers and students the opportunity to create and learn outside the bounds of normal class work.  This year we will continue our growth with the addition of a hydroponics towers , more outdoor classroom space, integration into the new state science curriculum and more fun!

Garden News…..

Please send in your sunflowers! We need sunflowers please for the garden program! Wilted, dried, fresh, big or small, any color please. Please drop off any donations in room 23 or the garden outside. Thank you!

September 2018

Spring planting in the garden leads to big fall enrichment!  Back to school is such an exciting time and our school garden is one of the best surprises on the first day for our students. They planted big dreams this past spring, including corn, wheat, a bean fort, tomatoes, potatoes, flowers and so much more!  

A huge thanks to our families that watered the garden this summer!  

—The Stafie Family—The Kelly Family—The Jordan Family—The Renn Family—The Alvarado Family—The Erickson Family—The Neiderberger Family—The Riddick Family—The Pudduck Family—The Swenson Family—The Mezo Family —The Zoffel Family

Special thanks to Glen Riddick who built us new shelves in our shed too. 
All that watering lead to some amazing product in the garden and this month we will be harvesting and learning about sunflowers and corn.  Check out our facebook page for weekly updates and pictures!

For more photos of our garden visit: Lafayette PTA Facebook

December 2018

Nature may be taking a rest but things are busy in the garden program at Lafayette!  Outside kids have been prepping for winter by cleaning beds, planting cover crops of garlic and crocus, and protective coverings for the kale.  Inside, we have been learning about the pumpkin and making lots of art with seeds, leaf rubbings, homemade mint tea and vegetable dyes.  A new favorite activity is feeding and visiting our resident worms that live in the Plant Lab.  We have installed new grow lights and microscopes too.  Our bulletin board in the front lobby now has hundreds of pictures of the kids working in the garden.  Special mention to Mr. Schroeder’s class who ate pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, kale, mint, green tomatoes, and raw garlic all in one class.

October  2017

Over 200 kids have come with their classes into the garden and Plant Lab in the first 3 weeks of school! It’s a wonderful, busy time of year as teachers make big plans to incorporate their curriculum with the garden and lab as a resource.  Kids have harvested tomatoes, carrots, mint, marigolds, sunflowers, peas, beans, corn, zucchini, lavender, basil, kale, and sage. Two new microscopes have been a big deal in the Plant Lab.  Kids have been looking at the changing leaves, decomposing plants, bug carcasses and dirt up close, very close!

Some other recent projects include; setting up grow lights and planting our first batch of indoor crops, a 4th grade class taking daily soil temperatures and PH, baking with frozen crops harvested this summer, and we should have the new weather station set up soon!

Thank you to the families of Lafayette for the donations, including almost 200 sunflowers! Enough for most of the school to be able to dissect their own sunflower in the name of science and then harvest the seeds for eating, art and seed packets for next year.

We cannot leave out a big thank you to our Principal, Mrs. Chaput, for helping so much with room set up and to the Robins Family Trust, without their support, none of this would have happened.  As always, we welcome parent visits and help!

The Garden Team

For more information: or online: Lafayette Elementary School PTA (Facebook) or

Contact the Garden:

Hey Teachers…

  1. Sign up for a tree planting class by finding a time that works for you on the  Garden Calendar
  2.  Use the garden for your own lesson plan
  3. Make a Garden Reservation

Other Links

Garden Calendar
Make a Garden Reservation


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