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Thursday, March 22 • 8:15am - 3:30pm
Tour 5: Montessori School of Denver

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Approximate one-way travel time: 20 minutes

Price: $90

Interpreters for this school tour and workshop are available in Spanish and Korean. Request before booking by contacting Carla Hofland.

Montessori School of Denver
Denver, CO
Head of School: Stephanie Flanigan
337 students, ages 2–14 years
AMS-Accredited Member School

Established in 1964, Montessori School of Denver sits on almost 7 acres, in the middle of urban Denver, and serves 345 students, in 3 Toddler, 5 Early Childhood, 3 Lower Elementary, and 2 Upper Elementary classrooms, as well as 1 Secondary I classroom.

Among many notable elements throughout the campus are Toddler-size doors in the Toddler Village, garage doors that open to the outdoors in a Science Tower, an Art Barn, a theater, a gymnasium that includes a climbing wall, and a teaching kitchen. Outside areas feature a tree house, a peace garden, large playgrounds for each program level, and multifaceted urban farming facilities.

Workshop: Urban Farming

After your tour and lunch, learn how MSD started an innovative urban farm program that includes an exciting variety of opportunities for student learning, through initiatives such as raising tilapia in aquaponic tanks, soil gardening, hydroponic vertical farming, seed collecting and cataloging, seedling sales, farmers’ markets, and farm-to-table dinners.

You’ll leave with inspired strategies for starting and growing your own farming enterprise that ties directly into your school’s unique culture and mission. MSD farm faculty will share ideas for strategic partnerships, traditional funding and alternative revenue streams, coordinating with service-learning priorities, and using your farm projects to give to the community outside your school.

Stephanie Flanigan, JD, is head of Montessori School of Denver and president of the Association of Colorado Independent Schools.

Lexi Fickenscher, MPH, is the urban farm manager at Montessori School of Denver.

Ginny Bishop, MS, is director of advancement at Montessori School of Denver.

Thursday March 22, 2018 8:15am - 3:30pm MDT
Plaza Court 5 Plaza Concourse Level