Garden & Outdoors
Creative Science School sits on four acres of lawns and fields, and the garden group and outdoor committee are working to design and build a masterpiece on our blank canvas. There is a fledgling garden in our courtyard that is home to a worm bin, compost bin, and small greenhouse in addition to the many growing things planted and tended by students, teachers, and parents. In the past, CSS has teamed with the nonprofit groups Friends of Trees and Depave to plant dozens of trees along our back fields and create spaces for gardening and relaxing in the Kinder Garden and alongside the playground.
For the 2017-18 school year, Creative Science School proudly partners with Portland Earth Art and Agriculture, the education division of Outgrowing Hunger, for our outdoor education program.CSS Garden Access PolicyOur main garden, in the courtyard of the school, is open to our community outside of school hours. School policy is:
- Children grades 2 and younger must be accompanied by an adult guardian
- Walking feet only; be careful to not walk through plant beds
- Do not pick flowers
- Pick vegetables only with permission
- No pets
- Pack out your garbage
- Notify Creative Science School immediately if you notice vandalism: 503-916-6431
- Enjoy the peace, beauty, inspiration, and wildlife our garden provides
Julia Yost is our Garden Educator. Julia joined Grow Portland after finishing two years of service with FoodCorps Americorps in Tillamook, OR. Julia graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies. It was there while interning with Food for Lane County’s Youth Farm and developing her gardening skillset at the university’s Urban Farm, that she became inspired to pursue a journey of empowering and connecting communities through outdoor garden education. Julia believes that the garden is a powerful space to learn, reflect, and connect and should be an available space for all students.
We are excited to have her!
Each class, grades K-5, will meet weekly for an enriching outdoor learning experience. Parents can support our teachers and students by volunteering during your child’s outdoor classroom time. Speak with your teacher or Room Lead about his or her volunteer needs.
Our garden and grounds thrive through parent involvement! Any help makes a difference and creates an inviting learning experience.
Want to help but can’t attend? Please contact Catherine Cody for more opportunities.
Garden Educator: Julia Yost
PTA Garden Chair: Catherine Cody
PTA Sustainability Chair: Gwynedd Benders