2014 Nashwaak Valley Elementary
On November 7 staff and students of Nashwaak Valley Elementary School celebrated the unveiling of their grand prize from the 2014 Trees of Knowledge competition: An outdoor classroom that featured a covered seating area, presentation circle, weather centre and a music station!
The community of Durham Bridge proved to be a united front on the project, earning the most online votes and beating 9 other finalists during the nation-wide competition.
To commemorate the event, students from the school’s K-5 classes explored the facets of the outdoor classroom through 30-minute intervals divided among three activity stations, which included crafts, story time and an environmental themed spelling challenge.
2013 Island View School
Island View School is a K-5 school located in the West Side of Saint John, New Brunswick, and is home to just over 300 students. After slipping into second place toward the end of the voting period, Island view rallied back to first place, becoming the 2013 Trees of Knowledge champions, with the help of their supportive community. Their outdoor classroom design features a covered amphitheatre-style classroom with stepped seating, learning pods to facilitate smaller group learning and a new structure to help direct rain into the school’s water garden.
2012 Central Elementary
Central Elementary School is a Pre K-5 elementary school in the Chinook School Division of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, and is the proud home of 295 students. Central Elementary are the 2012 winners of the Trees of Knowledge Competition, allowing them to add a well deserved outdoor classroom to their almost 100 year old Heritage Site school grounds. Their newly constructed outdoor classroom features a gazebo, a green house, compost bins, several newly planted flower beds and trees, and an outdoor PVC drum instrument!
2011 St. Paul Elementary
St. Paul Elementary is a K-6 elementary school in the Lester B. Pearson district of Beaconsfield, Quebec, and is home to 365 students. St. Paul Elementary became our very first Trees of Knowledge champions in 2011 after they triumphantly rallied not only their school, but their entire community together in support of their Outdoor Classroom submission. Their Outdoor Classroom design consisted of an outdoor learning area, complete with outdoor chalkboard and tree stump seating, an outdoor story time area, a log chess and checkerboard gaming area, and a xylophone!