St. Clare Preschool

Nature Garden and Outdoor Classroom continue to be an inviting space for our students and their families to
explore and learn through nature.

The Nature Garden continues to grow and evolve each year providing experiences for our students to learn with and through nature. Our teachers, parents and children are involved with the overall use of the space, collaborating on ideas to improve and maintain the areas magical beauty.

Our goals for last year included a few design changes. We have expanded our dry river rock bed and
added bridges for additional crossing options. New picnic tables were added to enhance our art and classroom
spaces. New balance beams were installed as well as more natural materials including logs, wood circles and
large rocks to enhance gross motor activities.

Our goals for next year are to add a fourth bridge, each of our bridges displays a unique style with different
movement, this reflects our city of Portland with its many bridges. We are also in the process of installing a
permanent raised fairy garden, our students and teachers loved the smaller ones from last year so much!