· a flourishing organic edible garden
· individual classroom garden boxes
· The Walgrove Wildlands, a 25,000 square foot outdoor eco-lab
· a kinder "garden" that is an official Monarch Butterfly Habitat
· an orchard with flourishing fruit trees
|Daniela Roveda with her gardening squad|
Hands-on learning in the garden includes growing plants from seeds, transplanting, cultivation, harvest, safety (bees and tools) and cooperation. The students also sample the produce. This runs the gamut from sharing freshly picked radishes in the garden to sautéing garlic and kale. With very few exceptions, the students enjoy the healthy snacks and, thereby, establish a lifelong appreciation of healthy eating.
|BFFs in the Walgrove Wildlands!|
To celebrate the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase, Walgrove Elementary is hosting a free community gathering called Monarch Fest from 12-4pm celebrating the myriad outdoor education spaces. Activities include kids’ yoga, live music, nature mandala sculpture building, food, and special performances by Walgrove’s own Musical Theater and Strings by the Sea violin program.
The edible garden boxes were gifts of the Walgrove community, including volunteers, teachers, students, neighbors, and families and were constructed in 2016 by Walgrove families.
The orchard was founded by formerly co-located Ocean Charter in the early 2000’s, increased to its current size in 2016, and includes citrus and fruit trees as well as providing shade and creative possibilities for students on hot LA days.
The Walgrove Wildlands was conceived and constructed by parents, staff, students and volunteers from throughout Los Angeles. They work with the LAUSD, Enrich LA, S.M. Bay Audubon Society, Whole Foods, Loyola Marymount's CURes program, Common Vision, Surfrider Foundation, Million TreesLA, Kids4Trees, Theodore Payne Native Plant Foundation, CA Native Plant Society, Venice YouthBuild and volunteer groups from UCLA, Pepperdine and Santa Monica College, just to name a few of their many partners and supporters. We owe possibly the largest debt of gratitude to our landscape architect, Ryan Drnek of Sodder Studio.Photos by: Jay Sharman Photography
NOTE: entrance gate is on Appleton Way at Redwood Ave.