The Bentley Outdoor Garden at the Hiller Campus
Down the hill below the playground, lives our beloved community garden, filled with bunnies, chickens, flowers, and vegetables. The mission of the Bentley Community Garden is to augment classroom learning by getting outside and into the dirt. Through hands-on experiential learning, students begin understanding how nature’s ecosystems are directly related to our daily lives. Students learn to apply their connection with the garden to their immediate community.
Every student from Kindergarten to fifth grade spends a portion of their time learning what it takes to maintain the community garden. This includes planting, weeding, caring for the animals, maintaining fruit trees, turning compost, raking leaves, spreading mulch, and many other engaging activities. We call this time ‘Giving Back to the Garden’ or GBG for short. Performing these tasks is an important and meaningful way for students to work as a community, to improve the space that is shared by every Bentley student.