The Almond School Native Habitat garden, located just behind the office and multipurpose room, was completed in May 2009 and features plants from the chaparral, oak woodland and grassland plant communities. It includes Blue Oak, California Buckeye and Western Redbud tress, many colorful shrubs and flowers, a seating bench, dry creek bed, wheelchair accessible pathway and an observation posting area for student plant and wildlife observations. This garden was primarily funded through a rebate by the Santa Clara Valley Water District because water thirsty grass was removed and replaced with drought tolerant native plants. This garden is used for a wide range of life science lessons in multiple grades and serves as a quiet place to observe the plants and the wildlife it attracts such as butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. All classroom planter boxes are planted for Living Classroom lessons as well.
Covington School now features 5 redwood planter boxes for the kindergarten classes and ten new planter boxes for grades 3-6 along the side of the campus—a welcome addition to the first and second grade boxes originally in place. Plans are underway for a large native plant garden to be installed in 2012.
Blach Junior High School features a California Native Habitat Garden at the front entryway area of the school planted by staff, parents and students. Many other California native plants are also found all around the campus as are an extensive array of beautiful garden spaces planted by volunteers over the last six years. The science courtyard features five raised planter beds growing edibles including citrus trees, a robust artichoke and many types of herbs. Blach students and teachers enjoy Thompson Seedless and Concord grapes in the fall, now supported by a sturdy trellis structure also in the science courtyard.
The newest Living Classroom Garden is at Egan Junior High School installed in the summer and fall of 2011. This 6,000 square foot garden includes a large native plant garden featuring almost 50 different species of plants demonstrating many types of adaptations to the environment as well as a history corner including four planter boxes, grape arbors and solar powered bird bath, four fruit trees, and six planter boxes for science classes and the garden club.