Glassell Park Elementary School

Glassell Park – before and after cleanup photos

Hello Garden Friends, Last Thursday at Glassell Park, I went in check on the garden and did some maintenance for the next ranger that manages the space. In summary, I fixed the broken raised bed, de-weeded the classroom, and picked up tools and trash laying around the space. Check out the before and after photos! Until…

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Grape-in’ Around

I have grown and harvested grapes before, but never anything close to this! I could not believe how many grapes were growing at Glassel Park Elementary. I was there a week ago and the change in that short amount of time was immense. The first thing that happened when I entered into the garden is…

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Sprucing up Glassell

We attended to Glassell Park Elementary this past week and did what we could to help the dry, largely barren beds. Most of this garden is located in the shade, and the water was coming on too infrequently, so little was growing aside from some runaway herbs. We trimmed everything dead and overgrown, corrected the…

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The shaded Garden

It is always tricky to navigate a shaded garden-but not impossible! Ranger Michelle has planted flowers that love the shade, and though the veggies are growing slowly but surely. The grapes are healthy, the flowers are beautiful, and the mint is fragrant.

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Jamaica Arnold Palmar

For the very last garden class of the year I wanted to do something special for the students of Glassel Park Elementary. I introduced the kids to the giant red hibiscus bush that greets the children as they enter the garden. We talked about how the plants flowers are used in cultures all over the…

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Scavenger Hunt

In honor of bug week at Glassel Park Elementary, I thought I would take you on a quick tour of the all the insects in the garden! The above pictured insect is called a Walking Stick. They are super rare to find in a garden, partially because of their amazing camouflage. I was lucky to…

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Worm Poop!

We put the finishing touches on our new flower bed at Glassel Park Elementary last week. We hooked up the irrigation, sowed seeds and most importantly… added fertility to the soil with our very own worm castings! It is a universal truth that all children love worms. My special needs garden club is no different.…

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First Day Critters

Last week at Glassel Park Elementary I had my first session with a whole new Kindergarten class. We always start off our time in the garden by coming up with rules to keep everyone safe and happy. The last thing we need are boo boos and tears! These kids are smart though, and we were…

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Spring Cleaning

This week I had extra help from one of the special needs classes on campus. A bunch of plant matter had accumulated in a neglected  section of the garden; which meant it was time for some good old-fashioned spring cleaning! The students assisted me in removing the big branches, raking up the smaller debris, and…

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Healthy Food B-I-N-G-O!

This week at Glassel Park Elementary we learned about the difference between healthy and unhealthy foods. Because it was the last class of the session, we had a little fun as well. The students pulled a slip of paper from a hat and I described the healthy food to them. The kids had to guess…

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Kindergarteners Become Authors

The kindergarten class at Glassel Park Elementary have written a book about the garden! It took us two weeks but the final product is as cute as can be. First, the students picked their favorite plant in the garden and did a leaf rubbing. But what is a book without words? So then, the kids…

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Glassel Park Elementary Plants for the Summer Season

Last week the students of Glassel Park Elementary turned their winter garden into a summer garden through the magic of team work! We started by removing the fava beans that were growing in the beds. The kids had a great time being productively destructive pulling out plants as large as themselves. We then cleared the…

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Garden Air Fresheners

Does your car smell stale? Could your sock drawer use a little freshening up? Got a funky scent in your laundry basket? Never fear, the kindergarteners of Glassel Park Elementary are here! This little project took us two weeks to complete, but boy, was it worth it. First, the students picked which “smells” they wanted…

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Soil + Water = More than just Mud

Today at Glassel Park Elementary the students got to dirty their hands testing the water content in 3 different soil samples. We did the infamous Squeeze Ball Test, used by professional gardeners around the world, to determine how moist the ground should be for our plants. Just like in Goldilocks and the Three Bears, we…

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Glassell Parks New Ranger!

Today, classes at Glassell Park Elementary continued with new garden ranger Michelle Alger-Mintie! She was a blast and I caught a few pictures of her and the students pretending to be bees as they searched for a snack. We planted new squashes, berries, and herbs today. In a few weeks, we see this garden overflowing…

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Soil Explorations at Glassell

Students at Glassell Park Elementary learned about the different components that make up healthy soil. We explored the soil for various critters, and we prepared a garden bed for planting. Students planted Fava beans in our newly prepared garden bed. Fava beans are good for the soil because they help fix nitrogen in the soil.…

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Putting Down Roots at Glassell Park

The weather is finally cooling down in Los Angeles, and it is time to plant some cool-season root vegetables. Today we planted radishes, carrots, and turnips. Yum! Aren’t these turnip seeds beautiful? Our pea plants are looking strong and healthy as they climb the trellis made of branches that our wonderful intern Sara built. Here…

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Five Senses at Glassell Park

Kindergarteners at Glassell Park Elementary learned about their five senses, and they used their senses to explore the garden. Students drew sketches of what they saw, heard, touched, smelled, and tasted. They used their sense of taste while snacking on some apples, and we took this opportunity to draw an apple tree and review the…

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Glassell Park Presents: Peas Please!

This week at Glassell Park, students planted sugar snap pea seeds, and Ranger Ashley built a pea teepee for some pea seedlings to climb. Students also enjoyed saving basil seeds to take home with them. Basil seeds are very tiny, but these young seed savers were up for the challenge! We look forward to watching…

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All About Seasons at Glassell Park

Glassell Park Elementary students learned all about seasons and the importance of growing and eating seasonal food. We sang a fun song to help us remember each of the four seasons: “Winter, spring, summer fall, there are seasons four in all. Weather changes: sun and rain and snow. Leaves fall down and flowers grow!” We…

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All About Garden Tools at Glassell Park

Glassell Park Elementary’s kindergarten students had fun learning how to dig in the garden with trowels. We learned that a trowel is a small shovel that helps us to dig into soil. We also learned how to hold and pass the trowels safely to one another. Check out these kindergarten students waiting patiently with their…

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Glassell Park Presents: Parts of the Plant

Glassell Park Elementary students tasted, colored, and identified different parts of a plant. Here we have some beautiful garden art by Glassell’s kindergarten students! Students enjoyed tasting raw carrots and celery, and playing with their food to make different shapes! Glassell Park students love exploring the garden. We found some gorgeous hibiscus flowers blooming. Check…

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Playing with our Food at Glassell Park Elementary

Glassell Park students learned all about butterflies and caterpillars with the help of a book titled A Butterfly Is Patient. We discussed that butterflies help plants reproduce by pollinating flowers, which then allows the plants to make seeds. We were inspired by this book to draw our own beautiful butterflies. We discussed that caterpillars transform into…

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The Water Cycle at Glassell Park Elementary

With the glorious rain that we’re getting here in LA this week, Garden Ranger Ashley felt that it was the perfect time to teach a lesson about the water cycle. Glassell Park Elementary Students listened attentively to a water cycle presentation, and then they crafted and labelled the Earth’s water cycle all on their own!…

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All About Seeds at Glassell Park

Students at Glassell Park Elementary learned about the different parts of a teeny, tiny seed. We also talked about the conditions that seeds need in order to wake them from their slumber and begin growing into plants. We flipped through something called a seed catalog, a publication that lists all the different kinds of fruit,…

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Glassell Park Presents: The Good, the Bad, and the Wiggly

Glassell Park students squealed with delight and disgust at the sight of the various beneficial and harmful bugs found in a garden of edibles.  Despite the fact that roly polys (pill bugs) are in sort of grey area on the good and bad scale, the consensus among students is that these critters are pretty fantastic. They’re…

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Building a Bean Teepee at Glassell Park

Remember those bean seeds that we planted? Well, now they’re seedlings and ready to be transplanted into the garden! We constructed a bean teepee, and the students at Glassell Park planted their seedlings at the base of the teepee. Here are our bean seedlings, ready to go into the ground. Now our bean plants will…

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Seed Starting at Glassell Park

Spring is almost in the air! We are getting a great start on preparations for the next season here at Glassell Park Elementary. We have amended the soil in some of our garden beds with compost and started many new seeds for a new semester of outdoor learning. Our Glassell Park 5th graders started some peas and…

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Friends and Foes at Glassell Park

We talked all about bugs with Glassell Park Elementary students! We learned that some bugs are friends and others are foes in the garden. Students creatively drew pictures of different bugs, presented them to the group, and we discussed which ones were friends and which were not. We’ve got some really talented artists at Glassell…

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Planting At Glassell Park

Last week at Glassell Park Elementary our students joyfully planted many different seedlings, gearing up for fall. Some of the plants were: Brussels Sprouts Edamame Lettuce Cabbage Flowers More! It was our last week of classes and the students will surely be missed. New classes start again this week!

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Glassell Park Students LOVE Looking For Friends and Foes!

Last Week, at Glassell Park Elementary School, our students learned all about beneficial and harmful insects- – We call them friends and foes of the garden! But learning should be fun, so we played a little game of Freeze Tag! Some students were “Friends” some students were “Foes” and some students were Plants. When a…

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Glassell Park Elementary School Learning About Plants In Fun New Ways

Glassell Park’s garden is looking so wonderful! Stay tuned for a sneak peek of an eggplant that just started flourishing 🙂 This week at Glassell Park Elementary School, our students broke down plants by part to learn about all their different functions. While weeding, Garden Ranger Elysa found the huge root system pictured below. What a perfect way…

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Glassell Park Elementary’s Shady Green Cloisters

If one were seeking a cool spot to enjoy a plate of freshly harvested vegetables, than Glassell Park Elementary’s shady terrace of raised beds would be THE place to go.  Strawberries (Fragaria) galore, popping parsley (Petroselinum crispum), and more newly planted tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum) and basil (Ocimum basilicum) than you can throw at an Italian picnic make…

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Exploring our 5 senses at Glassell Park ES

Sometimes, if we turn off one of our senses, another one gets heightened. For instance, sometimes we can hear things a little more clearly if our eyes are closed. Senses can also work to the opposite effect in that when you turn one off, another one goes with it. An example of this is when…

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We got our soil on at Glassell Park Elementary

During our lesson on types of soil, the students at Glassell were fortunate enough to get a very “hands-on” lesson. We got to examine, feel and describe three types of soil texture: sand, clay and loam. Luckily, the loam came right from the garden beds at the Glassell garden. And of course we used the…

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Figeater Beetles and Nectarines at Glassell Park Elementary

Lucky for us, we had just finished the Friends and Foes lesson at Glassell Park Elementary when one of the students found this shiny Figeater Beetle on our Chinese Elm. Adult Figeater beetles, such as the one seen here, cannot bite through the tough skins of many fruits; they usually only eat fruits that have…

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Earth Day at Glassell Park Elementary

We celebrated a very special Earth Day at Glassell Park Elementary last week. The students learned that Earth Day does now just mean we only take care of the planet one day out of the year. Rather, Earth Day is a very special day in which we celebrate the earth and gather all the information…

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Getting our Veggie Muscles @ Glassel Park Elementary

Today at Glassell Park we whipped out the skillet and made some a tasty root (potatoes) and leaf (Swiss chard) sauté. “It’s so good” many of the students said. Swiss Chard will help with stabilizing blood sugar. While the potatoes contain the muscle building amino acid lysine.

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Enjoying Carrots @ Glassell Park Studio School

Today at Glassell Park we talked about edible vs non-edible plants. We learned that the weeds take water and nutrients away from the edible plants like carrots. We also learned that the longer the root of the weed, the more nutrients it is taking away.

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Cool vs. Warm Plants @ Glassell Park Elementary

Today we compared plants that grow in the warm season vs. plants that grow in the cool season in a friendly game of tic-tac-toe. Then the students went into the garden to hunt for the “cool” and “warm” signs that were in the garden boxes.

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Healthy Slogans @Glassell Park Studio School

Food marketing lesson at Glassell Park Studio School The students at Glassell Park recognized the popular food slogans from many fast food chains like McDonalds, Subway, and KFC. Many students were able to identify that these foods are typically high in sodium, fat, and sugar and that they are not the healthiest option. Together, they thought…

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Sit Down Harvest Snack @ Glassell Park Elementary

Sit Down Harvest at Glassell Park School Garden Today the students at Glassell Park Elementary had a sit down harvest dinner. They ate Beet Hummus with a garnish of basil on french bread! They all loved it and took their time eating it and enjoying it. We also worked together on reviewing table manners and…

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Glassel Park 6th grade Studio School: Learning in the garden.

6th grade Studio School begins lessons in the garden Glassell Park Elementary shares their campus with the pilot  6th grade that meets for school from 8:10-3:10 p.m. Each year, the studio school will grow a new grade until they are grades 6-8. The curriculum being phased in at the charter is based on arts-integration and…

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