Outdoor Education and Gardening
Roland Park Country School believes that nature and the outdoor classroom provides valuable learning experiences for its girls.
Lessons in environmental sustainability, wellness, food systems, earth science, and social justice are woven into this year-round program. The outdoor learning classrooms, gardens and Backwoods give students authentic ways to build on classroom lessons in a real-world context. With Roland Park Country School’s mission of instilling in the girls a sense of leading for the greater good and putting health and wellness front and center, the garden program allows the girls to see environmental stewardship in action and teaches important lessons about food’s impact on the body. Lower School girls see themselves as global citizens instrumental in keeping the planet healthy.
Roland Park Country School has six gardens on campus.
Raised bed vegetable gardens
Three sisters garden
Monarch butterfly way station
Learn more about the RPCS garden program.
- Planting and Harvesting
- Food Preparation and Nutrition
- Monarch Butterfly Waystation
- Three Sisters Garden
- Land Stewardship
Our students, including the preschoolers, focus on growing vegetables and herbs for their school community. By planting seeds in early spring, caring for their gardens, harvesting, preparing, and eating the produce, students learn about the life cycle of plants and people and the interconnection between them. At the end of each school year, students leave having planted a summer garden, and they return in the fall to harvest it.
In 5th grade, students build an understanding of land stewardship practices that have an impact on the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Students assess annual gardens and perennial landscapes on campus using the Bay Wise Assessment tool. Students learn about planting wisely, feeding the soil and controlling storm water runoff.