Green House Project

Summary

In January, 2016, Campbell Elementary decided to extend our growing season by joining with community partners to build a new greenhouse.

For a video overview, please see the GreenScene profile of this project: http://campbellschool.org/campbell-green-action-projects/green-house/

Students researched the requirements of a greenhouse and specifics of growing different vegetables. They visited the Career Center greenhouse to see a living example and learn more about plant growth. They planted many different kinds of vegetables and learned different requirements of different plants, including how and when to transplant into the Campbell garden beds.

The greenhouse expedition culminated in the students producing guidebooks about how to use the greenhouse that can be used by future populations of students.

Impact

The greenhouse has allowed our Outdoor Classroom to expand throughout traditionally "non-growing" seasons of the year, starting our plantings earlier and extending our ability to teach outside. The greenhouse has already seen a lot of use, including for the Big Bad Basil expedition of 2017. We expect to use it for many years to come.

The greenhouse was built through a successful fundraising effort via EdBacker and also support through the Arlington Community Federal Credit Union.

Documenting the 4th Grade Greenhouse Expedition (2015-2016 School Year, ongoing)

The greenhouse is taking shape! @edbacker

By @CampbellAPS | January 30, 2016

  The greenhouse is taking shape! @edbacker https://t.co/M06fcPzmD9

On Tuesday, students will get to see the greenhouse. It took a lot of team work.

By @CampbellAPS | January 30, 2016

  On Tuesday, students will get to see the greenhouse. It took a lot of team work. https://t.co/NzmGNJbhMP

Students tour our new greenhouse @CampbellAPS Thanks to the amazing team @arlingtoncu for helping fund&build this!

By @CampbellAPS | February 3, 2016

  Students tour our new greenhouse @CampbellAPS Thanks to the amazing team @arlingtoncu for helping fund&build this! https://t.co/z0mizFZ5pB

Getting started on our expedition! Observations about greenhouses. @APSVirginia @CampbellAPS @bibliobunny

By @CampbellAPS | February 8, 2016

  Getting started on our expedition! Observations about greenhouses. @APSVirginia @CampbellAPS @bibliobunny https://t.co/u3K01XTHVT

Observe, sketch, wonder about the greenhouse – first steps in research @CampbellAPS @ms_johnson119 @APSLibrarians

By @CampbellAPS | February 8, 2016

  Observe, sketch, wonder about the greenhouse – first steps in research @CampbellAPS @ms_johnson119 @APSLibrarians https://t.co/WJquo32wnJ

Welcome Campbell 4th graders to our greenhouse! @APSCareerCenter @APSVirginia @CampbellAPS

By @CampbellAPS | February 24, 2016

  Welcome Campbell 4th graders to our greenhouse! @APSCareerCenter @APSVirginia @CampbellAPS https://t.co/xIWeyYQXLv

Field work done to learn how to develop our greenhouse here at Campbell @APSVirginia @APSCareerCenter @CampbellAPS

By @CampbellAPS | February 25, 2016

  Field work done to learn how to develop our greenhouse here at Campbell @APSVirginia @APSCareerCenter @CampbellAPS https://t.co/UeoE0h3Ah1

Informational text lesson to learn what we can grow in our greenhouse! @APSVirginia @CampbellAPS

By @CampbellAPS | March 1, 2016

  Informational text lesson to learn what we can grow in our greenhouse! @APSVirginia @CampbellAPS https://t.co/ZkdjHAPZLk

Figuring out the science behind how our greenhouse works! @CampbellAPS @APSVirginia Thank you @bibliobunny !!

By @CampbellAPS | March 7, 2016

  Figuring out the science behind how our greenhouse works! @CampbellAPS @APSVirginia Thank you @bibliobunny !! https://t.co/EvLNH1Nf6n

Fourth grade greenhouse expedition is so exciting! Seed starting today! @CampbellAPS @ELeducation @ms_johnson119

By @CampbellAPS | March 8, 2016

  Fourth grade greenhouse expedition is so exciting! Seed starting today! @CampbellAPS @ELeducation @ms_johnson119 https://t.co/qYtLV3SU8o

Things are starting to sprout in the greenhouse @CampbellAPS #schoolgarden

By @CampbellAPS | March 11, 2016

  Things are starting to sprout in the greenhouse @CampbellAPS #schoolgarden https://t.co/zLHO6XmyRc

Hard at work creating our greenhouse guidebooks!! #elschool @CampbellAPS @APSVirginia

By @CampbellAPS | April 21, 2016

  Hard at work creating our greenhouse guidebooks!! #elschool @CampbellAPS @APSVirginia https://t.co/WLpdPdsqjv

Fourth grade prepares strawberry sorbet for their @ELeducation showcase about greenhouses&growing food @CampbellAPS

By @CampbellAPS | April 29, 2016

  Fourth grade prepares strawberry sorbet for their @ELeducation showcase about greenhouses&growing food @CampbellAPS https://t.co/fQslhQidQE

Today 4th Graders @CampbellAPS showcased their new expedition centered around our greenhouse @ELeducation

By @CampbellAPS | April 29, 2016

  Today 4th Graders @CampbellAPS showcased their new expedition centered around our greenhouse @ELeducation https://t.co/Pg7OlqQd2l

Greenhouse dream comes full circle @CampbellAPS Thankyou@arlingtoncu @edbacker #SEPTA @ms_johnson119 @ThinkCampbell

By @CampbellAPS | April 29, 2016

  Greenhouse dream comes full circle @CampbellAPS Thankyou@arlingtoncu @edbacker #SEPTA @ms_johnson119 @ThinkCampbell https://t.co/3260RjmxUG

4th grade Ss serve food they prepared for @ELeducation showcase on greenhouses @CampbellAPS The food was a hit!

By @CampbellAPS | April 29, 2016

  4th grade Ss serve food they prepared for @ELeducation showcase on greenhouses @CampbellAPS The food was a hit! https://t.co/y4YWXFexSH

4th graders harvesting 8 kinds of lettuce and sugar snap peas started in the greenhouse @FeedFamilyWell

By @CampbellAPS | June 3, 2016

  4th graders harvesting 8 kinds of lettuce and sugar snap peas started in the greenhouse @FeedFamilyWell https://t.co/A7yMyGimp5

Glad we haven’t planted outdoors @CampbellAPS yet! Greenhouse plants will come indoors for the weekend.…

By @CampbellAPS | March 2, 2017

Glad we haven’t planted outdoors @CampbellAPS yet! Greenhouse plants will come indoors for the weekend.… https://t.co/XB1tMcOwye