LTCS Garden & Outdoor Hub
The Lake Trail Community School garden was created through a community volunteer effort over a decade ago and has since supported food for students and community organizations, as well as education and connections for both the school and the broader community.
While the original garden was dismantled due to new school construction, LTCES is excited to be building a new community garden and outdoor hub. Grant funding is supporting several infrastructure projects including increased garden boxes, a greenhouse, and full irrigation. A waterproof shade sail structure further extends the use of the garden for the school and the community into the shoulder seasons.
- Building a safe outdoor space that is welcoming for both the school and broader community, and which supports a broad range of activities and events.
- Offering a natural garden environment for the many residents in our surrounding neighbourhoods that do not have access to backyards.
- Expanding the early years summer programming in the garden. (Attendance numbers tripled this past summer.)
- Incorporating indigenous plantings and interpretation.
- Teaching the tools and methods to grow food locally and contributing towards a more resilient urban neighbourhood.
- Building hope and food security in the face of climate change.
Stay tuned for further updates as we open the garden to the public once again!
School Garden Programming
School gardens are magical places to learn!
Lake Trail students and classes have opportunities to engage with our Garden Coordinator, who is an incredible gardener and horticultural therapist.
Open for students on Tuesdays
Lake Trail students are invited to join LTCES in the garden on Tuesdays during the lunch hour. Come and meet our new Garden Coordinator and get involved in garden activities each week.
After School Garden Club
Stay tuned for details on our after school garden club, starting up in the new year.
The Zone Program on Thursdays
Each week, students from The Zone program (life skills) dig in at the garden. Students learn about life cycles and nature as they practice communication skills and perseverance.
Coming in the new year!
LTCES has a long history of offering community workshops from experienced gardeners. A winter and spring workshop series will be posted in the new year.
Community Work Parties
Sunday work parties in the garden are returning! Email GardenCoordinator@LTCES.ca if you are interested in volunteering.