Our campus is a living classroom that grows and evolves as the students play and explore. We have about .5 acres that is known as the Food Forest that serves as an outdoor classroom. It is here that you can find circles of students checking in each morning and afternoon, working on nature crafts, and enjoying their lunch on the cob bench made by our adult permaculture design students.
Thanks to the Bright Green Future grant in 2017 from the city of Austin office of sustainability, we have a beautiful pond with a fountain that runs on solar energy.
Children foster relationships with chickens and our two goats, Gypsy and Sweet Pea while learning about the responsibility needed to care for them as. The goats take walks daily as a part of the middle school daily care. Middle school students also collect, wash and sell the chicken’s eggs through our trading post to raise money for their organic Coyote Creek feed. Through their relationship with these animals, students foster compassion, empathy and respect for living creatures.
During Ecostudies class we follow EcoRise, a project-based sustainability intelligence curriculum. Each year students explore areas of sustainability related to our local community and our campus. During EcoStudies the students work together to find an area where we can improve sustainability on our campus, create a solution, apply for a grant to fund the project through EcoRise and implement the project.
In 2018, we were awarded a Bright Green Futures Grant from the City of Austin Office of Sustainability to start a small-scale plant nursery that will benefit and inspire the student’s project-based learning. This project will be up and running in the Fall of 2019.