The Julie M. Johnson Teaching Gardens
An Inspiring New Community Resource, Free and Open to All
The Hitchcock Center for the Environment is pleased to announce an inspiring new teaching resource for our community: the Julie M. Johnson Teaching Gardens.
Designed using regenerative principles that are in keeping with the Living Building Challenge, these gardens are the final piece of the Center’s Outdoor Classroom, which serves as an important educational extension of the Center’s award-winning Certified Living Building.
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The Julie M. Johnson Teaching Gardens include raised garden beds, fruit trees, pathways, benches, and a rainwater capture system. Garden elements reflect influences drawn from permaculture, deep ecology, ecological design and indigenous cultures.
The Center is developing new curricula designed to integrate with the Teaching Gardens to provide interdisciplinary, active and engaged learning opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Enhanced programming includes a focus on pollinators, food, climate, gardening for biodiversity, permaculture and ecological design.
Situated immediately to the south of the Center between the Colleen Kelley Discovery Yard (an exploratory nature play yard for young children) and the Margaret Towne Teaching Pavilion, the Teaching Gardens are a special place of beauty and instruction. Combined, these three resources provide an unrivaled community resource, free and open to all, where people of all ages and abilities can engage in nature learning, reflection and discovery.
A Small Environmental Center with a Big Mission
A Lasting Legacy
Named in recognition of outgoing Hitchcock Center executive director Julie Johnson, these gardens and their curricula honor Julie’s significant contributions to environmental education, the regenerative building movement, and the Hitchcock Center.
The Teaching Gardens complete the Center’s epic $6.9M Building for the Future campaign, launched under Julie’s direction in 2013. As the final piece of the Hitchcock Center’s original vision of a world-class environmental education center, the Julie M. Johnson Teaching Gardens will be a lasting tribute to Julie’s legacy.