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Mrs. Gruchacz, Principal
372 Witherspoon St.
Princeton, NJ 08540

Tel: 609.806.4230
Fax: 609.806.4231


The Gardens of
Community Park School

The Story of our Gardens


The Present:
Beginning in the spring of 2010, teachers and parents have been meeting to discuss future efforts at increasing the number of gardens around Community Park School.  It was agreed that much needed to be done to transform the underutilized campus grounds into a greener extension of the indoor learning spaces by developing a master plan that would designate underused and neglected areas for renewal or renovation.  Gardens and outdoor classroom spaces will be planned that connect to specific grade level curriculum that will offer the opportunity to bring more learning outdoors.  Two areas were chosen to be the first of a series of projects; a Colonial Herb Garden and Path outside the All Purpose Room and a Prairie Habitat Garden in the school center.  
The Colonial Herb Garden and Path was a joint project of an Eagle Scout, Girl Scout, The CP Garden Club and CP teachers.  It was built as an interactive and living teaching tool that ties into World Language, Health, and the 3rd Grade study of Colonial Princeton to name just a few.
 The Prairie Habitat Garden was also a joint project of a Girl Scout, the CP Garden Club, parents, students, and teachers.  This garden was funded through a generous gift of the 2010 5th Grade Graduating Class and community members, businesses, and private individuals made donations of supplies and materials.  It is a living laboratory and classroom where students can study the intricacies and interactions of insects, animals, and nearly 50 species of flowering perennials and grasses that make up this garden.  This garden ties in directly to Grades K, 1, and 2 Science Curriculum, which includes the study of habitats, insects, and plants.  A naturalistic amphitheater comprised of stump seats allows teachers to bring their classes outdoors in a pleasant setting.  
Planning and site work has already begun for additional outdoor spaces that include a Kindergarten Rainbow Garden that will be planted in the spring with flowers representing the colors of the rainbow.  Community Park has also been chosen as a demonstration school by the Princeton School Garden Cooperative's grant funded project that educates students about healthy local and organically grown foods, which started this fall.