This past Tuesday tour I had a few minutes to spare during the 10am block, which covers the Pacific Heights, Cow Hollow, Presidio Heights, and Marina district neighborhoods (district 7 on a SFAR map).
I stumbled across the sign you see below for Tule Elk Park, and delighted by the toy soldier gracefully guarding the top of the sign, I had to snap a quick picture. And blog about it. Because that’s just how we roll here at Team JacksonFuller.
Tule Elk Park is an early education school/child development center that is operated by the SFUSD. And while all that is interesting, what I really liked was that Tule Elk Park has played an important role in the greening of San Francisco school. Tule Elk Park (TEP) is an original member of the Green Schoolyard Alliance here in San Francisco. In fact, so much has been learned about greening schools at TEP that a few books can trace their origins back to the site: How to Grow a School Garden by Arden Bucklin-Sporer and Rachel K. Pringle, and Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation by Sharon Danks.
In September of 2011, Tule Elk Park was also on the green schools tour for Engaging our Grounds: The 2011 International Green Schoolyard Conference.
Have you visited? What are your thoughts about greening schools in San Francisco to provide kids with more access to nature and outdoor play? We’d love to hear your thoughts, and while you’re at it, could someone please explain if it is just a coincidence that we pronounce both the “e” in Tule and the “e” in Noe? Inquiring minds want to know. Or at least want to start conspiracy theories…