Garden Learning

    Garden Welcome Sign


    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.
    Garden Highlights


     14 Raised Beds

     Garry Oak Nursery

     Spring Flower Garden

     Covered Outdoor Classroom

     Shade Garden

     Rain Barrels

     Berry Garden

     Irrigation System

     Herb Garden

     Compost Bins

     Vegetable Garden

     Worm Bins

     Apple Trees

     Row Covers & Hoop Houses


     Monarch Butterfly Waystation

     Bean Pole Teepee

     Garden Murals & Sculptures

     Chicken Coop

     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

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