PCCS launched an incredible new program during the 2012-2013 school year: the Prairie Crossing Charter School (PCCS) Sustainable Schoolyard!
The Sustainable Schoolyard will include:
- A large greenhouse (30' by 60') which will have the ability to house an entire class. The greenhouse will feature an aquaponics system and will allow us to expand our growing season (with fish and greens growing year-round), seed start on a large scale, and grow food that can be used to feed students in programs like Farm to Table.
- 45 raised beds, including three handicap-accessible beds and eighteen beds equipped with cold frames. Each of PCCS' K-8 classes will have the use of between 1-3 garden beds, one with a cold frame. This will allow us to pursue a food production, nutrition, and agricultural curricula right on our campus!
- A small fruit tree orchard. Fruit trees help to heal the environment by keeping the air clean, improving the soil quality, preventing erosion, creating new animal habitats, and providing healthy sources of nutrition. (http://www.ftpf.org/)
- Outdoor spaces for learning and reflection. Our goal is to create a schoolyard that is fully reflective of our mission and values, and that allows our students and teaching staff to utilize the outdoor environment and new amenities as a classroom as frequently as they use their indoor spaces.