Farragut Outdoor Classroom

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The Farragut Outdoor Classroom & Water Quality Demonstration Site is an interactive community space with two primary purposes that differentiate it from a traditional park setting. First, the space was created to demonstrate water quality best management practices that can be used to reduce stormwater runoff. Second, the space was created to rally the community around a location to do projects that nurture a greater sense of civic engagement, community ownership and understanding of the natural world. 
Take a Tour!

Visit and explore the Outdoor Classroom by viewing the virtual tour. This tour introduces viewers to the current and past projects on site as well as several low impact development water quality demonstrations installed on site. 

 

Are you a teacher that could benefit from use of the Outdoor Classroom during your next environmentally-related lesson?
  Are you interested in utilizing the Outdoor Classroom for a service or research project?

1. Please contact Stormwater Coordinator, Lori Saal (865-966-7057) to discuss project options, funding and space availability. (If you want to utilize the space, but are having a hard time thinking of an appropriate project, you can view a list of options here. We are happy to work with you to identify a project that will fit your needs and the space.)

2. Once you have discussed your project idea with Town staff, a formal project proposal should be submitted. Please complete and email the form.
 Current & Past Projects

We've had the pleasure of working with several organizations since the Outdoor Classroom opened in 2014. Currently, we have volunteers maintaining an edible garden that was started as part of a Girl Scout Silver Award project and has continued. We have recently partnered with faculty and students from the University of Tennessee and Farragut High School to conduct research on the Classroom's rain garden. Finally, we recently had a UT student approach us with an interest in starting a pollinator garden on site. 
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Past Projects
Past projects are listed below. We are thrilled that we could provide these groups and individuals with the space needed to complete their exciting projects.

  • Seasonal Food - Girl Scout Cadette Troop 20369 & Girl Scout Brownie Troop 20896
  • Senior Water Quality Research Project - Farragut High School 
  • Native Warm Season Grasses - Farragut High School - Science Dept.
  • Seasonal Food / Flowers - Farragut High School - Horticulture Club
  • Artistic Cistern Project - Farragut High School & Curtis Glover Creative
  • Picnic Tables - Boyscout Troop #444 - Eagle Scout Project             - Sean Keough
  • Raised Bed Planters - Boyscout Tropp #444 - Eagle Scout Project - Joey Barnett
  • Raided Bed Planters - Boyscout Troop #444 - Eagle Scout Project - Spencer Flint
  • Rain Garden - Pellissippi State Community College
  • Rain Garden Sign - Greenway School

Special Thanks to Our Partners
A space like this could not occur without tremendous partner support, and we would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their contributions to this project:
  • Boy Scout Troop #444
  • Corporation for National And Community Service
  • Knoxville Community Action Committee (AmeriCorps)
  • Pellissippi State Community College
  • Tennessee Department of Agriculture 319(h) Non-Point Source     Pollution Grant Program
  • Tennessee Stormwater Association, Green                          Development Grant
  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA)
  • Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association (TRPA)
  • Water Quality Forum