Breaking Ground on the Rain Garden + New Steps with the Outdoor Classroom

The Fall semester was very busy at John Eager Howard Elementary School, where students and faculty are continuing to work towards certification as a Maryland Green School.  The latest news is that the outdoor classroom continues to grown, a bird garden has been installed with a companion curriculum, and ground has been broken on the rain garden. Asphalt is being removed in the new outdoor classroom to open up planting areas. Students have been planting and harvesting in the raised beds, and worked with MICA students to refresh the old United States map mural and paint new murals.

RHIC's Chesapeake Conservation Corp Intern, Erin Bowman (in black above), works with Chesapeake Conservation Corp and Blue Water Baltimore personnel remove asphalt in the outdoor classroom - January 2012

Ground has been broken for the long-planned rain garden. Blue Water Baltimore personnel are digging up the space next to the old baseball area in the Brookfield Avenue side of the school.  This is only the first stage in creating the rain garden, which requires removal of the old mobile unit situated parallel to Linden Avenue.  The Baltimore City Public School System has agreed to remove the building.

First step toward the John Eager Howard School rain garden - January 2012

The Judy Center and Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center installed a Bird Garden in December and designed an interdisciplinary curriculum on birds, covering everything from colors to migratory patterns, for all grade levels.

Bird Garden outside John Eager Howard

Plus, the Green Keepers Science Club is thriving:

Green Keepers learning about watersheds

Green Keepers, an after school environmental science club of about 15 students, has continued to meet weekly. The students learn about issues from alternative energy to watersheds, and how those issues are relevant to Baltimore and Reservoir Hill.