Priorities, Budget and Volunteer Opportunities!

Posted on October 13, 2015 at 12:35 AM

Outdoor Classroom Committee Planning for 2015-16


The Outdoor Classroom Committee leadership team met on October 8th to discuss priorities for the year and our budget. We put together this list of priorities to focus our work, direct our volunteers and help us fundraise. The Outdoor Classroom Committee remains open to new ideas that may arise from teachers, parents and students.


• Hire an Outdoor Classroom Coordinator (convene a Work Group to work out the details)

• Spring Edible Garden program at SCES (K-3 Salad Parties; Three Sisters & Colonial Garden; plant a redbud tree with Girl Scouts)

• Host an Opening of the Outdoor Classroom Stage

• Keeping the Outdoor Classroom Beautiful

◦ ongoing weeding and maintenance

◦ Fall and Spring Work Days

◦ organize a training of staff and volunteers on plant identification

• Increase the use of the Outdoor Classroom

◦ help with lesson planning

◦ create and install signage around the Outdoor Classroom

◦ identifying places in the curriculum to use the Outdoor Classroom

• Monarch Sister School Program at SCES

• Construct new features - If time, resources and volunteer capacity allows, work on the next zone (pond, sensory garden, bird habitat)


Current Funds Available: approx. $9,000

2015-16 Spending Plan (approximate figures)

Edible Garden at SCES $1,000

Operations & Maintenance $1,000

Coordinator Position $7,000 (spending amount depends on job responsibilities & available funding)

Spending Total $9,000

** The Outdoor Classroom Committee will work with the Sligo Creek Education Foundation on securing additional resources to support our work.

Open Volunteer Positions:

• Organize the Spring Work Day

• Coordinate the SCES Edible Garden Program

• Work on Signage

• Explore construction options for the next zones (pond, sensory garden, bird habitat)

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