Montgomery Public School Arboretum

Montgomery Public Schools Arboretum
CCMGA’s “Children in Nature Project”

Where do third grade students in Montgomery schools love to visit?  Why, it’s the M.P.S. Arboretum, an Outdoor Education Classroom certified by Alabama Wildlife Federation, Outdoor Alabama, and 4-H, located at.  Depending on the season, students might be identifying animal tracks, fishing, identifying trees, gathering eggs from the chickens, living like a Pilgrim, or a variety of other outdoor activities. In addition to hosting children’s projects and summer Junior Master Gardener events, the Arboretum has conducted numerous programs for adults, from creating hypertufa planters, starting seeds indoors, wreath making, to outdoor education sessions for elementary and secondary educators.  A.U.M. and high school students also find time to visit the Arboretum and explore the many facets of an outdoor classroom.
We serve students in grades pre K – 12. We are the system field trip for all the 3rd grade students in Montgomery Public Schools and are a certified Outdoor Education Classroom  by AWF and Outdoor Alabama and 4-H.

We work with 4 different groups
1. Students in pre K -12
2. Parent workshops to train parents in JMG (junior master gardening)
3. Community workshops ( seed starting, wreath making, pot making, etc)
4. Professional development workshops for teachers and AUM students

Our activities include :
Walk in the woods
Tree identification
Insects
Animal tracks, scats and signs
Square foot gardening
Tops and bottom (where plants grow)
Soil & conservation
Fishing & worms
Birds
Life in the pond
Art and music in the woods
Chickens

The Arboretum/Nature Center is designated as an official Alabama Outdoor Classroom and presented with their AOC sign as well as an Outdoor Classroom Activity Kit and a complete set of Discovering Alabama videos donated by Dr. Doug Phillips and the Discovering Alabama Program. September 26, 2014

 

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