Bronx Native Garden

  • Location
    Bronx, New York
  • Status
  • Age Level
    Any Age

The Problem

We are working to build a historical garden that will feature the indigenous plants and trees in our school backyard that sits on the shore of the East River including tools that help us conserve and clean the sea, sky, and land around us and share this special place with other members of our community.

Our Plan

We want to build an \\\"outdoor classroom\\\" that will use the land, sea, and sky of our Bronx campus to provide opportunities to learn and protect our environment, share with our neighbors and give our students opportunities to gain practical skills and have outside fun. We will build and grow a container garden producing flowers for our neighbors in the nursing home next door, vegetables for a soup kitchen on Fordham Road, pollinator plants to support bees and butterflies, and other plants that are native to this area, like berries, sassafras, and June berries. We want to restore the Indian kettle in the river and add an oyster restoration project to help filter the river naturally. We want to add a weather station to help forecast severe weather since our neighborhood and school were crushed by Hurricane Sandy. All of these things will help us to lead environmental stewardship efforts in our corner of the Bronx.

Themes Addressed

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    Food Choices
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    Indigenous Rights

The Benefit

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