The courtyard at Springdale Jr-Sr High School was developed as part of the building’s 1959 addition. Since that time, this area has been transformed
several times. From a student-recess area to a place where students could take a lunch break, the space brought students together. The latest
transformation continues this tradition, while honoring Springdale’s most famous resident.
The courtyard now houses Rachel’s Neighborhood Garden, a project supported through a grant from the Grable and Benedum Foundations. The project
was named for Rachel Carson, the world famous environmentalist and on whose family farm the high school now sits. Through the work of students
and staff, the area holds raised planting beds, water fountains, and art sculptures. The Garden will be used as an outdoor classroom for STEAM
STEAM – science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics – works to integrate these disciplines throughout the curriculum. The use of the
concepts encourages students to pursue careers in these fields. The focus on the topics comes from the challenge to fill jobs in science and
technical areas. It also integrates the world of technology, items with which students are very familiar.
The Garden has also been certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. The area has become a space that improves habitat
for birds, butterflies, frogs, and other wildlife by providing essential elements needed by all wildlife – natural food sources, clean water,