A Living Experience
In the 4th grade teaching garden, a taken for granted landscape transforms into a dynamic organic classroom. Students at Gullett are exposed to both plant and animal life cycles through a large container pond full of plants, fish, and insects. Students grow vegetables and herbs, learning what goes into growing the food they eat. Students witness the very real affects of climate, of rain or drought, and of aggressive plants on the gardens they have created. Students learn about the health and value of other species by caring for Tina the turtle. Our students learn to be good stewards of the land where we live. The space serves as a platform for discussion and active learning. The garden has elevated beds for wheelchair access, rustic seats for outdoor learning, and native plants to exemplify their importance in creating a sustainable future. It’s also a pretty great place to have lunch. If you are interested in becoming a part of this endeavor, please contact Jenny Agnew at (512)633-0965.
If you take a look around the halls of Gullett, it won’t be long before you discover our unique menagerie. Three-toed native box turtles and bunnies living in the 2nd grade ramp butterfly garden. “Corny” the corn snake reading books in the library with Ms. Gooch. Degus (a chinchilla relative), geckos (naturally), basilisks, guinea pigs, a tarantula, scorpions, hermit crabs, a freshwater community fish tank, and even a hedgehog (Mr. Stickerpants) all making their home at Gullett. It sounds like a fun day at the zoo, but it’s actually all about learning. Gullett is home to many animals, including our famous African Spurred Tortoise, Tina, who spends her days grazing on the 4th grade ramp. The students in many of the classrooms have the opportunity to learn about and care for our animal friends, but some of the animals care duties are better left for parents. Find out how you can help with out with our animals by contacting Heather Ruggero or Christie Kurtz.
Coming Soon to the Kinder Ramp… where are the birds? Look for new additions to the beautiful aviary on the kinder ramp.
Also coming this year, check out the animal care blog for the latest news on our animal companions.