Starting in 2007, a group of Tyler parents worked to turn what was a
fenced, asphalt lot into an outdoor learning environment that would
also reduce stormwater runoff from the school grounds.
With funding from the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, the
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the CVS/Caremark Charitable
Trust and others, the Outdoor Classroom was created. The Outdoor
Classroom contains a rain garden, native trees and plants, a seating
terrace, and a vegetable garden.
Today, the Tyler Outdoor Classroom reduces stormwater runoff into
the Anacostia River, and provides habitat for birds and pollinators. It
also provides outdoor play space, educational opportunities, and
teaches Tyler students about protecting the environment.