Garden planned to teach Flamson Middle School students about native plants

Grant funding for an outdoor, garden-based classroom focusing on native plants and vegetables is on its way to Flamson Middle School in Paso Robles.

Curriculum around the garden will teach students about the plants and how they were used by the area’s Chumash and Salinan tribes. Students plan to be involved throughout the creation of the garden, slated for the 2012-13 school year. It’s designed to connect the school to the community. The project will have outdoor amphitheater, raised vegetable beds and a tool shed.

Nonprofit group One Cool Earth helped secure the $5,000 grant from the Janssen Youth & Youth Sports Fund to build the project.

The youth fund is an arm of the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation.

One Cool Earth works to bring outdoor awareness to schools in San Luis Obispo County. In 2011, the group started a pilot program called GreenWorks that focused on a native plant nursery at Paso Robles' Liberty Continuation High School.