The TDSB, David Hornell JS, parents and community members
have created a magical place for kids to make discoveries and learn about our
natural environment. The David Hornell
JS Outdoor Classroom was designed by Marsha Gettas, Horticulturalist and Master
Gardener, using ideas from Grade 5 students, teachers and the Toronto District
School Board’s landscape design plan.
Our outdoor classroom plan is centered around a teaching
area beside a circle of 7 trees. The space is made up of natural rock seating,
along with a wooden platform that has a portable blackboard behind it. This
platform can be used for teachers who want to conduct outdoor lessons in all the
seasons, and for students who like to perform, and who have active
There is a wheelchair-accessible path that connects all
parts of our outdoor classroom. Along the path there will be a wooden bridge
that will encourage children’s imaginations and positive thinking. There is plenty of opportunity for students
to climb, jump and balance using the wooden stumps and log benches.
There is also a butterfly garden filled with
butterfly-friendly plants for students to study all about butterflies, plants
Many thanks to the Toronto District School Board, Empire
Communities, TD Friends of the Environment and Home Depot for their generous
contributions to our outdoor classroom.