Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Garden Signs Installed

Garden signs were installed on December 10, 2012.  Our garden now has a name sign as well as sectional signs (flowering, lowland, coastal, endangered, medicinal, and agricultural).  We will be adding individual plant signs as well in the future. Stay tuned to see how our Outdoor Learning Center evolves! 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Mrs. Morgan's Class & Ms. Correia's Class - Harvest Day

Ms. Correia speaking with Mrs. Morgan's class.

4th grader about to open the worm bin.

Kinder students looking for worms.

Kinder and 4th grade students separating the worms from the vermicast.

4th grade students helping kinder students with the vermicast.

Mrs. Morgan showing her kinder students the vermicast.

Mrs. Morgan showing the ball of worms.

Students sorting thru the vermicast.

4th grade students sorting thru their vermicast.

Ms. Correia getting the vermicast pans ready for weighing.

Weighing the worms.

Ms. Coffin's class, 6th grade, getting ready for their new worm bin.

Garden Weeding Data from Ms. Correia's Class

Garden Weeding Info

Sunday, October 21, 2012

On Friday, October 19th, Ms. Correia's class took their "Garden Fridays" to a whole new level. Instead of going out to the garden to simply maintain it's beautiful appearance, they went to the garden with a much deeper purpose - to collect data! Each Friday the students of F204 go out to the Outdoor Learning Center and pull pesky weeds that are endangering the health of our precious plants. This week, students partnered up and spread out into the different sections of the garden, tools in hand. Each pair kept track of how many weeds they pulled and then measured their longest and shortest weeds. Through this experience, these young scientists hope to discover which sections have the most weeds and how often it is necessary to go out and maintain these critical areas. 

While out in the garden, the fourth graders needed to use their communication skills to work together, they utilized their knowledge of measurement techniques to determine weed length using both metric and customary units, AND they had to make comparative observations to determine which plants were actually weeds, and which of their weeds qualified as the longest and shortest out of each bunch. Their brains were working big time, yet they were having a ton of fun!

Ms. Correia's class will be analyzing their results this week and will post what they've discovered as soon as they are able to. They are definitely looking forward to using this information and growing knowledge base during their next Garden Friday expedition. Check back for more Outdoor Learning Center updates!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Mrs. Matsuura's Class Working in the Garden

Mrs. Matsuura's class working in the garden. They added mulch to each of the garden sections.  

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Native Hawaiian Garden Work Day - Part 3

Native Hawaiian Garden Work Day - Part 2

Native Hawaiian Garden Work Day - Part 1

Thank you HECO workers and families for coming out to support our first ever school garden. 

Another thank you to all of the KIC students who came back to Keoneula to help out, even though they are now at Ewa Makai.  You have definitely left a mark at the school and you will forever be remembered for your hard work and persistence in getting this completed. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Our Native Hawaiian Garden is Completed

Thank you to Hawaiian Electric Company employees for helping us complete our Native Hawaiian garden!

The kalo and 'uala sections.

The coastal and endangered sections.

The medicinal section.

The flowering and lowland sections.

A view of our completed garden.

Another view of our garden.

Benches will be added to our garden.

Our garden is completed and ready for our students to start learning outdoors!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Getting Ready for the Work Day in the Garden

Today, our Native Hawaiian plants arrived.  Here's a sneak peak of our garden which will be completed on Saturday, July 28, 2012.  The garden will feature numerous lowland, coastal, endangered, medicinal and flowering Native Hawaiian plants.  In advance, thank you to all the volunteers who will help to make our garden a reality for our students! Stay tuned for pictures! 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Fencing for Our Aquaponics

We are looking to install a fence for our aquaponics system.  If you know of a fencing company or have experience in building fences please contact Ms. Obra at alexandra_obra@notes.k12.hi.us for more information about the project.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Native Hawaiian Plants

Our plants have grown and are waiting to be transplanted to their new home.

A picture of our 'uala piko.

Purple flowers from the 'uala piko.

The row of 'uala.  We are growing 'iliahi and piko varieties of 'uala. 

Our kalo has grown. We are growing moi and lehua varieties of kalo.

The leaf of the kalo lehua.

Our kalo moi. We can't wait to harvest our kalo.