Our outdoor learning environment is like no other in the area. This space is stimulating, inviting, and beautiful. It was designed on a half acre field, contains 29 raised garden beds, and a 26 foot diameter growing dome to provide hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for our students all year long, no matter the weather. Our goal is to engage the “whole child” through the mind, spirit and body. At Lorenzo de Zavala ESA we believe that real-world learning should be integrated into all academic subject areas and has been shown to benefit children by boosting academic achievement, nurturing healthy lifestyles, cultivating life skills and promoting environmental stewardship. Our students, from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade, take ownership of one square foot of growing space in which they plant, water, and care for their seeds. We have also designated eight of our raised beds as part of a community garden. Families within our community have embraced this idea and taken advantage of the opportunity. The City of Grand Prairie Special Projects Department has partnered with our campus to provide community members, parents, students, and teachers training on composting, and organic gardening. Students will gain valuable entrepreneurial and technological skills when they market and sell the fruits of their labor at a student run Marketplace.