Curriculum
   

Nature Preserve

Welcome to Pioneer Park.  Our 3-acre riparian habitat includes open space, a play area with swings, a slide, climbing structures, and a climbing wall.  Students enjoy outdoor play in a natural environment that is shaded by trees, bordered by a small creek, and home to a variety of native vegetation.

Outdoor Science and Learning Environment.  Pioneer Park provides students with an outdoor learning environment where they can conduct hands-on experiments, applying the classroom curriculum and their new knowledge in a tangible way.  Our small creek provides students with a living laboratory, where they can observe organisms, such as fish, tadpoles, and crayfish. 

Students also learn the basics of environmental stewardship with our native habitat restoration program.  This teaches the students about the interdependence of plants and animals and the importance of maintaining their natural environment.   Students participate in activities that teach erosion control, woods grooming, use and care of tools, safety practices, and land management.

 

Fruit and Vegetable Garden.  A footbridge from Pioneer Park leads to the Carden Garden, a year-round fruit and vegetable garden that is integrated into the curriculum and maintained by the students.  Carden Garden helps students understand the relationship between plants, people, and the environment while promoting teamwork and nutrition awareness. 

 

Corporate and Community Partners.   We gratefully acknowledge the contribution and support of our community partners:

  • Natures Image
  • True Value
  • State of California Coastal Conservancy
  • Wetlands Recovery Project

                                   

                                         

Nature Preserve

Welcome to Pioneer Park.  Our 3-acre riparian habitat includes open space, a play area with swings, a slide, climbing structures, and a climbing wall.  Students enjoy outdoor play in a natural environment that is shaded by trees, bordered by a small creek, and home to a variety of native vegetation.

Outdoor Science and Learning Environment.  Pioneer Park provides students with an outdoor learning environment where they can conduct hands-on experiments, applying the classroom curriculum and their new knowledge in a tangible way.  Our small creek provides students with a living laboratory, where they can observe organisms, such as fish, tadpoles, and crayfish. 

Students also learn the basics of environmental stewardship with our native habitat restoration program.  This teaches the students about the interdependence of plants and animals and the importance of maintaining their natural environment.   Students participate in activities that teach erosion control, woods grooming, use and care of tools, safety practices, and land management.

 

Fruit and Vegetable Garden.  A footbridge from Pioneer Park leads to the Carden Garden, a year-round fruit and vegetable garden that is integrated into the curriculum and maintained by the students.  Carden Garden helps students understand the relationship between plants, people, and the environment while promoting teamwork and nutrition awareness. 

 

Corporate and Community Partners.   We gratefully acknowledge the contribution and support of our community partners:

  • Natures Image
  • True Value
  • State of California Coastal Conservancy
  • Wetlands Recovery Project

                                   

                                         

Carden Academy
24741 Chrisanta Drive
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
phone: 949.458.1776
Carden Academy
24741 Chrisanta Drive
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
phone: 949.458.1776