Parkway's Volunteer Garden Workday:
Friday, April 21st, 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM
Everyone is welcome!
Parkway is a PreK-8 school situated between US 421 and the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is a part of the Watauga County School system and has an average enrollment of 535 students.
The mission of the Parkway School Lettuce Learn project is to create edible landscapes and garden spaces for learning. We help to create holistic, place-based, experiential education opportunities that engage children with their natural world, enable them to make healthy choices, and encourage them to help build sustainable communities.
You will find several raised garden beds and a SunCatcher passive solar greenhouse in the garden. With donations, grants, and help from the community and university student volunteers, two pollinator gardens and two foodscapes have been created. One pollinator garden is designated as the "Kindergarten Butterfly Garden" and the other pollinator garden is found within the once grass-filled median at the entrance of the school. Perennials such as asparagus, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries have been added to the garden areas recently. A small pond with a waterfall and a trail through the forest are also available for outdoor classroom activities such as yearly visits with the frogologists to learn about frogs and toads.
Meet the Parkway Garden Coordinator, Shannon:
Shannon grew up in the Piedmont area of NC and moved to Boone in 1983 after spending a year teaching Biology on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. She has 30+ years of experience providing leadership and support for instructional technology for Watauga County Schools. She retired from Watauga County Schools in 2013 and is currently dividing her time between three part-time positions - being the High Country Food Hub Coordinator, the Lettuce Learn garden coordinator for Parkway School, and helping her husband, Terry, with his SunCatcher Passive Solar Greenhouse business. She also recently earned her Master Gardener certification. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, traveling to visit her sons, and going for long walks.