Shaler Area High School constructed an educational garden using native plants and trees for use as a functional outdoor classroom. Using innovative sustainable growing methods like aquaponic fertilization, the garden and accompanying greenhouse cultivate native plants in a setting where students can learn about life and earth sciences, sustainability, and ecological stewardship. Identification cards mark the plants in the garden with medicinal or edible qualities, furthering an understanding of the relationship between humans and the environment. Project leadership came from the Shaler Area School District Ecology Club and Gifted (GATE) Program.
The garden and greenhouse serve both the Shaler Area School District and the North Hills School District. Students are given the opportunity to direct science experiments and learn about innovative, earth-friendly farming practices.