Sustainability

West Chester University

 

Outdoor Classroom & Garden

The outdoor garden classroom near Schmucker

The Outdoor Classroom was dedicated April 21, 2009 and provided its first harvest in 2010. Audubon Pennsylvania rates is a success story. You can read an essay on how to create an outdoor garden written by Erika Szonntag, a WCU Biology Major.The Outdoor Garden was established May 2010 by Science Technology & Environmental Systems (ST&E, Hon 314). It was expanded first in August 2010  by Education for Sustainability: Methods & Projects (EDO 450/550)  and again in March 2011 by ST&E.

Plants-Biology Club Project

  • 4/07: 3 red chokeberry, 2 arrowwood & 2 black haw viburnum's
  • 1/08- 4 highbush blueberry, 2 staghorn sumac, 1 e. red cedar, 5 chokecherry, 3 elderberry, 4 pepperbush
  • 5/08-yarrow, coneflower
  • 8/08-grasses-bluestem, love, switch, indian; indigo,oxeye,coneflower,joe pye weed, mountain mint, hyssop
  • 12/08-1 buckeye; 1 sourwood
  • 4/09-2 sourwood; redbud; fringetree ; 4/09-redbud-wish tree
  • 5/10-warm season grasses-big bluestem, Indian grass, switch grass;
  • 4/11- redbud-memorial; berries (3); wildflower area

Outdoor Classroom Dedication

Partners

  • Partners-Yellow Springs Native Plant Nursery
  • National Wildlife Federation (Certified Wildlife Habitat)
  • Audubon Pennsylvania (Bird Habitat Recognition Program

Birds- Feeder Watch Site

  • A Carbon Cycle (SCI 101) project
  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology Project Feeder Watch ttp://www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/
  • Feeders and water in place 9/07

Other features and considerations

  • composter, rain barrel, cold frames, green wall, raingarden
  • Fruit trees next?

Financial Support

  • Grounds Department;
  • Collaborative for Excellence in Teacher Preparation – PA (National Science Foundation)
  • Gordon Natural Area
  • Department of Geology & Astronomy
  • Department of Biology
  • Sustainability Advisory Council
  • Philadelphia Zoo’ s Community Conservation Grant Program (Green Wall)
  • Strategic Technology Concepts of West Chester (signs)
  • Brandywine Valley Association (raingarden)

Dedicated

  • April 21, 2009
Outdoor Classroom Groundbreaking