There is no better place for children to recognize the majesty of God but in nature.

At Heritage School it's the Discovery Woods & Gardens; a sensorial paradise, and outdoor classroom for all learning styles.

"For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and are in earth, visible and invisible." Colossians 1:16

"The Lord has done this and it is marvelous in our eyes." Psalm 118:23

 An Exemplary Program

The development of the Discovery Garden has not only exceeded expectations, but has taken Heritage School to the cutting edge of hands-on learning. “The LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.” Ps. 118:23. The development of the outdoor classroom is a wonderful way to instill an appreciation for the wonder and beauty of God’s creation, but it was the addition of a curriculum and the hiring of a Discovery Science teacher that catapulted us forward allowing for the seamless development of a culture of curiosity, observation and critical thinking. The outdoor classroom is used in all kinds of weather; adding to the experiential knowledge of most children. They are able to observe, feel and touch the seasonal changes that take place in nature.

Designated learning stations are accessed by thoughtfully placed pathways that protect the woodland setting. The intentional selections of native plants attract animal life and provide seasonal color and sensorial interest. The learning stations allow for several classes to be in the garden simultaneously. These consist of: “Whispering Pines”, a gathering place, “Creation Station”, an art/documenting area; “Curiosity Corner”, a learning activity station; “Critter Patch”, a natural block-building station; “The Music Grove”, for outdoor music experimentation; “The Nesting Nook”, a formal garden with feeding and nesting stations; and “Chapel in the Woods”, an elevated gazebo structure with the feel of a tree house that overlooks the Nesting Nook and the Music Grove. The woodland area is bordered by an arbor pathway that will have a climbing hydrangea growing on the arbor poles creating a distinctive and whimsical journey through God’s marvelous creation.

The Discovery Program crosses all of the developmental domains, opening new avenues for children to physically experiment with the unexpected and the unknown. The children learn to respect the environment and to ponder their discoveries. Documenting and questioning has become a norm. The learning continues once the children return to their classrooms and have had time to contemplate their experiences and what they have documented.