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Courtyard Gardens


Ecoff has 2 beautiful, enclosed courtyards in the middle of the school. One is located behind the library and the other is between the kindergarten and first grade classrooms. Both have been recently renovated to encourage outdoor learning experiences and provide the opportunity for authentic lessons that correlate to the curriculum. 

The larger courtyard provides a peaceful setting with a pond, small benches, a pergola, small garden, bird houses, and rose bushes. The smaller courtyard is used for the more active learner, with spaces for literacy centers, 4 whiteboards, plots for gardening, and an outdoor stage.

Some ways the gardens have been used:

* Book Buddies
* Gardening
* Silent Reading during library class
* Special lunches
* Small group remediation
* Science experiments
* Small ceremonies