Welcome! The Outdoor Learning Gardens (OLG) project at Atkinson Elementary School in Portland, Oregon was founded in Spring 2001 by two Atkinson parents. From our initial garden, a native plant wildlife habitat, we have expanded to include playground tree plantings, a multicultural garden, an outdoor classroom, a pollinator and butterfly garden, a flower garden called The Magic Garden, and the Discovery Garden. You can read much more about Atkinson’s OLG at Anne Storrs’ web site A Year in the School Garden.
Atkinson Outdoor Learning Garden now has a greenhouse! Please check it out the west side of the school in the Discovery Garden. A huge thanks to all who helped in the process, and for figuring out how to reassemble and raise it back up this weekend. You all rock!
Greenhouse Update Spring 2015
Your children have been busy planting starts for their garden boxes in their new Outdoor LearningGarden greenhouse – corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, spices and more! Some of the fruits of their labor will find their way in to their cafeteria. They have also learned how to “soil block” which helps them grow from seed using less plastic pots. A big thanks to Kara Busse and Kelly Ray for faithfully watering. Happy Spring!
Volunteer at the OLG
Our Outdoor Learning Gardens are maintained by students, parents, families, and local community members. New OLG volunteers are always welcome!