Hallmark of Our School....Heart of Our Community
Our garden is a tribute to the learning opportunities that transpire when our school and the community come together. Over the course of the last several years students, staff, and community volunteers have transformed a once barren courtyard into an awe-inspiring showcase.Our gratitude goes out to Oak Harbor Junior Garden Co-chairs Helene Valdez and Carol Henry who literally and figuratively planted the seeds that grew this project. Students meet with these Ms. Valdez and Ms. Henry weekly to learn about gardening, sustainability, and giving back to the community.
On any given day, students and community volunteers mingle while weeding, fertilizing, watering, or pruning. Everyone learns about the progress of the seasons, cultivating plants and reaping the rewards of the harvest. The harvest of our garden along with eggs from our chickens are donated to our local food bank. Thanks to ongoing grants from the Oak Harbor Education Foundation, the Hillcrest PTA, and the Oak Harbor Garden Club combined with the support of our Navy Partners and other local businesses, the Hillcrest Learning Garden continues to provide one-of-a-kind memorable learning opportunities for Hillcrest students.
14 Raised Beds
Garry Oak Nursery
Spring Flower Garden
Covered Outdoor Classroom
Row Covers & Hoop Houses
Monarch Butterfly Waystation
Bean Pole Teepee
Garden Murals & Sculptures
Bird Baths & Bird Houses
Hillcrest Learning Garden: Showcase of the 2016 Oak Harbor Garden Tour
Hillcrest was honored to be selected as the hub of the 2016 Oak Harbor Garden Tour and Tea. On Saturday, June 25th, more than 200 members of the Oak Harbor community visited the garden. Our student gardeners served as tour guides sharing their amazing works and the beautiful beds of our courtyard. Read more about this event here.
Hillcrest Garden in the News
"Inspired by Junior Gardeners, Two Washington Schools Receive State and National Awards" Washington Garden & Design Magazine (pg.23)
"Garden Club Helps Student Learning Bloom" Whidbey-News Times
"No Better Place for Learning" Whidbey-News Times
"Hillcrest Elementary Junior Gardeners" OHGC Newsletter
"Hillcrest Students Ruling the Roost" Whidbey News-Times