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Outdoor Classroom


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Outdoor Classroom Philosophy

To provide an ecosystem that represents Iowa 150 years ago with a tall grass prairie , forbes , hardwood forest, and an evergreen forest that is native to the area.



  • To provide an outdoor classroom for all students to be used in all curriculum areas.
  • To provide a hands on classroom to study Iowa environment.
  •  To provide a community center for all to enjoy nature and Iowa's history.


The 13 acre United Community Outdoor Classroom is recreating an ecosystem of a prairie, hardwood forest , and a evergreen forest as it was 150 years ago. Students and patrons have planted 350 trees in the 6 acre reforestation project. The prairie and reforestation projects were started with a grant from The Roadside Management Department of the DOT in 1994. The Outdoor Classroom has been maintained and improved with monies raised from student fundraisers, grants and personal donations. A handicap accessible asphalt path was constructed in 1999 for students , people in the community and interested persons to take a nature hike or exercise.


The prairie was started with 39 species of grasses and forbes. Students and staff have found and identified 27 species. The prairie is a walking lab for students and others to find and enjoy plants and animals in the prairie. Students have harvested and replanted seeds in the prairie.

The Outdoor Classroom is used year round by United K-6 and Boone sixth grade students for cross curriculum activities. This includes tree identification, Iowa History, winter tracks, art, music and others. 4H members have made bird houses and donated benches. Eagle Scout projects have included constructing and placing benches,mulching 350 trees, placing 35 tree identification makers around the path, and building a green house. A future Eagle scout project is building a bird blind. The United PTO donated 3 benches.

 We encourage everyone to stop out and enjoy Iowa the way it was 150 years ago.  


Prairie Contributions Were Received From:






Trees Forever


Local Brownie


Beckwith Foundation
Local Patrons
and Families






Department of Transportation
(Roadside Management)



Plants/Forbes That Are Present In Our Prairie

Compass Plant
Lead Plant
Black Eyed Susan
Roundhead Bushclover
Purple Prairie Clover
Snake Grass
Creamy Gentian
Wild Berqamot
Hoary Vervain
Pale Purple Coneflower
Canadian Wild Rye
Big Blue Stem
Bottle Gentian
Equesterum Snakegrass
Rattlesnake Master
Rough Blazing Star

United Community School1284 U AveBoone, IA  50036


Nondiscrimination Statement

The District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. Any person inquiring about or seeking assistance with the District’s compliance with equity regulations may contact Tim Salmon, Superintendent, who has been designated as the coordinator of the District’s efforts to comply with these regulations. tsalmon@united.k12.ia.us | UCSD | 1284 U Ave, Boone, IA 50036 | 515-432-5319. Complaints can also be directed to the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, 400 E. 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-1004, (515) 281-4121, or Region VII Office for Civil Rights, Citigroup Center 500 W.Madison Street, Suite 1475 Chicago, IL 60661-4544.

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