Hilltop’s Outdoor Education Program (HOEP)
Faculty Sponsor/Contact: Joanna Hare & Berniece Whitehead
Membership Requirements: Teacher Recommendation, Student Applications for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade
Student Leaders will have after school meetings to support the PreK-5 (HOEP).
Financial Obligations/Dues: $20.00, after school commitment, some weekend gardening
Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 pm, small notebook, pencil, volunteer supplies (gardening gloves, knee pads,
hats, wagon, & recycling resources as needed)
Mission/Purpose: The emphasis is on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) learning,
participation, interaction, having fun and developing team spirit. Teamwork, group planning,
cooperation, and creativity will be developed, plus the love of gardening. These STEAM events are
well balanced between nature, seasonal growing, and some Jr. Master Garden information.
Planned Activities: Outdoor Education will support PreK-5 curriculum learning through Life Science
including, life cycles of plants, animals, and insects. Activities will include composting, seasonal plants,