Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center

Initiative: Outdoor Experiential Classroom and Sensory Garden
Grant years: 2021–22

The outdoor experiential classroom and sensory garden addresses physical and mental health concerns, the need for access to inclusive space, and the lack of leadership opportunities for people with disabilities. Designed with input from our J-Cares interns (adults with autism, developmental disabilities, and other special needs), the space functions as a fully accessible garden, a hands-on learning area, a performance space, and gathering place.
J-Cares interns and staff at a picnic table piled with leafy green plants at the Jewish Community Center
Jewish Community Center planning session for sensory garden and outdoor classroom