Beethoven Elementary School - 3711 Beethoven Street - Cluster 5

The Beethoven Elementary School Learning Garden was created in 2010. The school yard was transformed from asphalt to green garden space with the help of parent and community volunteers as well as grants from organizations including FOB (Friends of Beethoven), the Mar vista Community Council, UCCE Master Gardeners and the Venice High School Learning Garden. 

Students and parent volunteers and teachers collaborate and use the garden for lessons ranging from nutrition to science life cycles. The parents started a composting program that recycles the school cafeteria's lunch waste and turns it into rich organic compost for the garden. The Student Council organizes and runs the compost program with the help of school faculty and parent volunteers. 

The edibles planted in the garden are used to teach students at all grade levels about "where food comes from?" and nutritional lessons on the values of eating closest to the whole source of food. 

The garden includes a pollinator insect zone focusing on Monarch butterflies and their role in our eco-system. Thew garden provides living examples for Earth Science lessons on the environment and life cycles. The garden is also a place for students and parents to explore and enjoy before and after school. 

Nutritionist and dietician Maya Mortimer and Master Gardener and composter Wen-Chia Parker will be at the garden to answer your questions. Trash for Teaching will be there as well with information about their programs to minimize waste and maximize education.

The garden is also on the Wildside School Garden Tour.

Beethoven welcomes community volunteers to participate in their growing garden!