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Science Enrichment Play Lab


Our multifaceted Science Enrichment Program is also known as an indoor-outdoor “Science Play-Lab,” which provides a two-in-one model of indoors and outdoors. This program helps to support in-class curriculum with hands-on exploration.


Green Ribbon School Award

Our gardens are used for projects including Smithsonian SHOUT Tree-Branding Project, Aphid Observations, The Garden Club, Compost Bin Basics, Playgrounds in Nature Areas, Healthy Lifestyles, Meals on Wheels Gardens, the Milkweed Patch (for Butterflies), and Campus-Wide Recycling (


Junior Texas Master Gardener

Supplemental teaching resources for the program come directly from Junior Texas Master Gardener (


Meals on Wheels (MOW) (288 sq. ft.)

Redeemer students cultivate basil, rosemary, marjoram, and other savory herbs. The MOW Herb Garden products go to Meals on Wheels. Since the 2,000 daily meals prepared and delivered by this agency to Austin’s senior residents must comply with a variety of health needs, they are not all prepared with salt. To spice things up, MOW cooks use our herbs! For the past ten years, Redeemer students have been part of this community effort to battle hunger. 


Milkweed Patch

Students maintain and monitor a special area of our Butterfly Garden where we plant milkweed – the only plant monarch butterfly larvae feed upon. When their migration transits Austin, children find all stages of the butterfly’s growth. We investigate the broad range of interrelated life in this mini-habitat, reporting our findings for JourneyNorth and tagging butterflies for MonarchWatch.


Monarch Tagging

Monarchs are tagged by students as part of a migration study.



The Redeemer campus is blessed with a wide variety of native trees. Students select a tree for research throughout the seasons, identifying bark and leaf, flower and seed. Students share their findings, compare specimens and wait for Mexican Plum to ripen, Redbud to bloom, and Texas Red Oak leaves to change color.


Fossil Walk

We take advantage of living on karst, the porous limestone of our region. Ample caves yield rich fossil deposits, and we learn about the sea creatures of long ago. Besides our collection, we enjoy examining the limestone blocks which compose our school. Is the fossil bivalve or univalve? Let’s find out!


Bird Sanctuary (490 sq. ft.)

Located just outside of the Preschool Playground.


Campus Gardening

  • Church Color Gardens (300 sq. ft.)
  • Classroom Veggie Gardens (260 sq. ft.)
  • Meals On Wheels Herb Garden (288 sq. ft.)
  • Gazebo Memorial Garden (900 sq. ft.)
  • Prayer Garden (800 sq. ft.)
  • Garden Club offers an extra opportunity for gardening outside of regular school hours.


Awards, Recognition, and Support

  • Environmental Excellence Award from SeaWorld, BuschGardens, and FujiFilm 
  • Best of Texas Backyard Habitat from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • Dell Community Grant
  • Best Buy Grant
  • Youth Garden Grants from National Gardening Association
  • Scholastic Magazine Weekly Reader
  • Junior Master Gardener Group of the Year
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Schoolyard Habitat