Welcome to the Broadmor School Garden: The Learning Patch!
The Learning Patch at Broadmor Elementary Schools was started in 2009 from a grant. Over 700 students attend monthly classes in the garden that are taught by volunteer environment educators. We are in our third year of these classes during which students investigate, discover and learn the science behind plants, insects and gardening in the desert.
Did you know? The school held a school-wide contest to name the garden! Each classroom submitted a possible name and students voted on the final name. A first-grade classroom came up with the current name, "The Learning Patch!"
The Mission of The Learning Patch is to:
- Create and sustain a dynamic outdoor classroom for learning across all disciplines, including science, math, language arts, cultural studies, visual arts, environmental science, nutrition and wellness.
- Advocate for the teaching of practical life skills and environmental education through the use of hands-on, inquiry-based teaching methods
- Provide an enduring meeting place for the Broadmor community to nurture relationships among students, staff, families and surrounding neighbors
The Vision of The Learning Patch is to:
- Become a model for dynamic, bountiful and sustainable schools gardens in Arizona
- Promote innovative, garden-based teaching methods that are applicable in today's school setting
For more information and daily updates on the garden, visit the Broadmor School Garden Facebook Page.
Watch the video below to see our feature on Channel 12!