We use our garden to facilitate a deeper understanding of the natural world while simultaneously providing community building and opportunities centered around academic subjects, creativity, discovery, healthy foods and sustainable living. 

On the mulch pile!


Garden Purpose

  • Gives students knowledge about where their food comes from
  • Helps students gain more passion for nature and sustainability
  • Invites investigation and experimentation
  • Students become explorers and scientists in the garden
  • Outdoor “science lab” to study ecology, gravity, weather, geology, history, math, and agriculture
  • Gives students and teachers a concrete way to connect directly with nature without having to leave school grounds
  • The vegetables, fruits, and herbs growing there are available for sampling and help promote healthy eating lifestyles
  • Enriches experiential learning by providing endless opportunities for learning that is hands-on and student directed



Connecting the Community

  • Promotes myriad opportunities to make connections within the Muir community, as well as to the broader community
  • Because the garden brings the community together, the students will learn more about the importance of community as well as the responsibility to take care of the environment
  • Leads to shared commitment and leadership from all areas of the community
  • As we grow the garden, our community will grow stronger

Smiling on top of compost pile.


7 thoughts on “About

  1. Marjie says:

    A huge THANK YOU! to students, teachers, community members and volunteers who have made this garden happen! So much effort went into the garden’s creation and upkeep – it is amazing, and so are all of you!

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  2. This is such a great site! Once again, you have done such amazing things for the kids at John Muir by providing them with such incredible experiences in the garden. Thanks for all you do.


  3. Becky Hustad says:

    A big THANK YOU to our community partners: Cuna Mutual, Findorff, Memorial Spartan Youth Services, Boy Scout Troop 420, First Unitarian Society, Fiskars, Urban Tree Alliance, Wisconsin Master Gardeners and all of the local families and neighbors that make our outdoor education program grow !


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