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Bloomington - Outdoor Learning Lab

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Raised toward our $13,650 Goal
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Project ended on May 31, at 01:30 PM EDT
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Bloomington - Outdoor Learning Lab

Outdoor Learning Lab

Help germinate the seeds of our first Outdoor Learning Lab.

This outdoor classroom will immerse Ivy Tech Bloomington biology students in the world of living organisms while growing a knowledge of plant diversity, structure and ecological principles. Picture a native pollinator garden, beehives, a garden shed, trails and a picnic pavilion—all located in the wooded lot adjacent to our Indiana Center for the Life Sciences! This back-yard proximity will allow students regular visits to connect with biological concepts, live and up-close.

The garden's planning and implementation is a Bloomington Village effort, connecting Ivy Tech students with community partners like Master Gardeners, Hoosier Hills Career Center, Boy Scouts and the Bee Town Beekeeping Club.

A $3,000 Circle of Ivy grant is helping purchase much of the plant material for the garden. However, with an overall budget of $50,000, we have more rows to sow.

How your support can grow a garden:

  • $250 - 8L of river gravel to line our garden paths
  • $400 - Rain barrels to capture mother nature’s liquid bounty
  • $1,000 - Garden tools needed to plant and manage the species
  • $1,000 - Fencing to separate the garden from beehives and the adjacent pond
  • $2,000 - Native plants, bulbs and seeds
  • $4,000 - Pavers to create our patio
  • $5,000 - Lumber, concrete pad and installation of our garden shed





Choose a giving level


Bulbs, seeds and plants

Be the first on your block to help purchase initial garden plantings.


Trail Gravel

Guide students (and critters) along garden pathways


Rain Barrel

Capture Mother Nature’s liquid bounty in a rain barrel made from recycled materials


Garden Tools

Your green thumb is showing! Help purchase garden tools needed to plant and manage vegetation


Garden Shed

Our learning lab needs a home for tools, gravel and supplies.

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