One of the precepts on which Dawson was originally founded was “Love of the Land,” and while that may take different forms today than it did at the school’s inception, it is no less foundational to our mission and our vision for our students. All 107 acres of our campus become an educational opportunity, and the two Learning Gardens, orchard, beehive, creek, and ponds on campus are integrated into curriculum for grades K-12.

Dawson Garden Happenings

Dawson’s focus on outdoor and experiential education includes incorporating our two Learning Gardens and orchard into classes from upper school chemistry to 1st grade math and art. Even in the winter, there is activity; here is the January 2015 update from Dawson Garden Happenings:

Dormant season is planning season in the gardens. While the orchard rests in preparation for a big bloom, plans are being laid for a spectacular growing season in the Lower School and Middle School gardens.

Lower School Garden: Tulips are in the ground. April will bring a colorful display of tulips planted by Lower School classes last fall.

Planning for veggies: With help from the “Community Through Food” program, Kristen Medler is facilitating the planning and planting of veggies by Lower School classes this spring.

Middle School Garden: The Middle School Garden Committee met to plan for the coming season in the garden. Students will be helping to plan veggie choices and planting tasks at their upcoming Community Service Time. Some beds in the garden will be planted with produce to be used in the Middle School “Iron Chef” competition and the “Taste of Dawson” fundraiser next fall.

Orchard: Biology classes will soon be headed into the orchard to practice citizen science by recording information about budburst.

How to Get Involved: Parents, stay tuned! We will be letting you know of planting and maintenance opportunities in the spring and summer. Teachers, we are looking for collaboration between teachers and students from all divisions in the gardens: Please contact Elizabeth Drozda-Freeman with your ideas!