Rain Garden at Eagleswood Elementary School

Ocean County Outdoor Classrooms

Students at Toms River Intermediate School North gather together to create a beautiful Outdoor Classroom for their school.

Students at Toms River Intermediate School North gather together to create a beautiful Outdoor Classroom for their school.

Student planting in the outdoor classroom for her elementary school

Student planting in the outdoor classroom for her elementary school

Outdoor Classrooms provide a variety of resources for educators of classes of all different age groups and fields.  Teachers who plant gardens with their students are able to incorporate lessons in science, health, math, geography and many other subjects while enhancing collaboration among their students and fostering a sense of commitment.  Furthermore, the opportunity for students to simply be outside has been proven to boost the overall morale of a person, thus resulting in better grades and demeanor in general.

Rain gardens and Outdoor Classrooms are the perfect platform for students to achieve an awareness at a young age of the importance of environmental stewardship.  While establishing a garden, it becomes more clear to students that having vegetation and pervious surfaces are key to the improvement of water quality and preventing storm water runoff.  These gardens also give students a deeper appreciation of the environment around them, and a sense of pride watching a garden they started in a plot of barren land grow into something that can be used for generations to come.Outdoor Classrooms in Ocean County

The Ocean County Soil Conservation District has worked with various partners to develop the Outdoor Classroom Development Program, which has so far been successful in creating over 25 Outdoor Classrooms at Ocean County Schools.  This program works to not only have students plant and develop their own rain garden, but trains educators as well to integrate the use of the outdoors into their curriculum for years to come.  Since its inception in 1996, the program has been awarded over $14,500 in grants to improve 28 Ocean County Schools.

For more information about rain gardens, visit our “Rain Garden Resources” page.

 



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Point Pleasant Beach

Antrim Elementary School

Bay Head

Bay Head Elementary School

Lakewood

Clifton Avenue Grade School

Spruce Street Elementary School

Brick Township

Brick Township High School

Brick Primary Learning Center

Jackson

OCVTS- Jackson Center

Lavallette

Lavallette Elementary School

Seaside

Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School

 New Egypt

New Egypt Elementary School

New Egypt Middle School

New Egypt High School

 Manchester

Manchester Elementary School

Ridgeway Elementary School

Toms River

Walnut Street Elementary School

Cedar Grove Elementary School

East Dover Elementary School

Toms River Intermediate North

West Dover Elementary School

Washington Street Elementary School

Whiting

Whiting Elementary School

Berkeley Township

Beachwood Elementary School

Bayville

Clara B Worth Elementary School

Central Regional Middle School

Central Regional High School

Lacey/Lanoka Harbor

Cedar Creek Elementary

Mill Pond Elementary School

Lacey High School

Barnegat

Lillian M. Dunfee Elementary School

Robert L. Horbelt School

Fredrick A. Priff Elementary School

Manahawkin

Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Sciences

Stafford Township

Southern Regional Middle School

Eagleswood Township

Eagleswood Elementary School

Little Egg Harbor

Pinelands Regional Junior High School

George J. Mitchell Elementary School

Ocean County Soil Conservation District
714 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ 08731
(609) 971-7002