In 2014, the St Josaphat School Garden and Outdoor Classroom was added to the park on the Belden side. It consists of a series of raised bed gardens planned, planted and maintained by the St Josaphat Elementary School students and parent volunteers. The St Josaphat School Garden mission is to foster student exploration. inquiry, stewardship and growth through hands-on multi-disciplinary learning opportunities both in the classroom and in the outdoor classroom and garden beds. It was created to inspire a students intellectual, social and emotional exploration with hands on activities by planning, planting, cultivating, harvesting and replanting vegetables, herbs and flowers.
Its goal is to teach students the concepts of stewardship and caretaking and how these principles can be applied to positively impact their school environment and the larger Lincoln Park community. Come meet some students and parents to discuss the plantings and other classroom related projects they worked on all year as part of their Green Initiative theme for the 2015 school year.