The Garden Science Program at Park Dale Lane was developed by Ann Peck, an unpaid retired teacher who volunteers her time and shares her passion for gardening with the students. It consists of formal Garden Science Curriculum for K-3 classes that is CA standards-aligned, a less formal hands-on gardening program for 4th - 6th graders, a Garden Club that is open to all students on Fridays, and twice-yearly Community Garden Work and Play Days held on the weekends.
Garden Club runs 2x weekly - once during the lower grade lunch recess on Fridays, and once during the upper grade recess. Three parent volunteers are needed each week to help supervise because the club has over 45 members.
Mrs. Peck coordinates nutrition and cooking lessons with teachers to encourage them to use the new kitchen built into Room 306. The GPLD science teacher incorporates nutrition science and garden science into her lessons.
The Garden Team currently maintains 33 garden beds, two small orchards, a certified Wildlife Habitat science/pollinator garden, and a complete vermiculture and composting center. We will soon be raising chickens in the K-garden.
Mrs. Peck wrote all of the curriculum and provided all of the lesson materials for the K-3 Garden Science lessons. She works with a team of volunteer parents who help teach those lessons in their children's classes. She also helps the 4th - 6th grade garden parents organize planting days, garden maintenance, harvest days and cooking lessons for their classes.