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Project Title

Queen Mary Elementary School - Water Wise Irrigation

Project Description

Queen Mary has on-site raised European garden beds and native plant areas. Staff have been working with students and a variety of community groups for the past several years to make the best use of these resources (teaching spaces).

Queen Mary School community envisions having garden beds that are able to be watered by an automatic system throughout the year (especially needed as the garden needs automatic tending during the weekends, holidays and summer) so that the garden can be viable throughout the year.

This would enable classroom teachers and students to plan, plant and harvest throughout the year and have the garden automatically watered.

UBC students will research and price out automatic watering systems that would be available for the garden beds, what are the options, the pros and cons of each watering system.

Project Goal

UBC students will research and present 3-5 options to the gardening committee for water irrigation.

Skills Preferred + To Be Developed

  • Research skills, to find out what irrigation options there are for school gardens
  • Investigation skills, find out what other schools are doing and what system is working the best
  • Critical thinking: list pros and cons for each irrigation option and include pricing: cost of set up, purchasing the irrigation system, upkeep of the irrigation system
  • Organization skills: to present the information in an organized, thorough, clear format to the school to determine the best option

Preferred Days of Week and Hours

UBC students can work during 8 am to 4 pm for investigating other schools and meeting with VSB, depending on the availability of the person who is talking about the irrigation system

Project Location

  • Any location where there is an automatic irrigation system: Student can research and investigate other places that have a successful water irrigation system, find out what systems are successful and why
  • Vancouver School Board- can meet with the VSB gardening personnel for suggestions

Project / partner orientation

Site visit to see the garden spaces and the current water valve at Queen Mary. UBC students will find out how other sites are successful with automatic watering.

Related Community Service Opportunities for Students

Presentation to Think Eat Green Systems (TEGS) meeting of findings. TEGS is a committee of interested staff and parents working to promote using the gardens for students to gain a healthy connection to nature.


  • A cleared Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required for working with vulnerable adults and children (this is a specific CRC).
  • This is very valuable for our community; it is the foundation for our garden program. The research, footwork, investigation will be greatly appreciated by staff and parents at the school. Your research and work will empower the school to decide on the best water irrigation option for our school gardens.

Organization Information


Queen Mary Elementary School

Mission + Vision

School mission statement: Our mission is to build a respectful community of lifelong learners. We work towards becoming caring, accomplished and cooperative citizens. We aim to provide an enriched environment in which children are encouraged to think, question, create and wonder.

Guiding Principles + Values:

  • To demonstrate personal responsibility and self-control.
  • Respect each other, respect learning and respect property.
  • As students develop in age, they will show increasing maturity, decision-making and leadership qualities.
  • Socially and environmentally conscious learners.
  • We value connection to land, teachings students how we obtain our food.
  • Accessibly for all students and staff to use the garden.

Primary Contact

  • Contact Person(s): Michelle Tappert, Maria King, Sheila Kuzmiski
  • Email:,,
  • Address: 2000 Trimble St, Vancouver, BC V6R 3Z4
  • Phone: (604) 713-5464
  • Website:
  • Best time(s) method(s) to contact: Email after 3 PM

Expected Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

I hope students will learn about...

  • What irrigation systems are available and what are the costs and upkeep for school gardens
  • How to research, investigate and find out pros and cons before presenting information
  • How to effectively present to a committee

I think students will come to appreciate...

  • how important it is to have a system of watering in place that will allow the teachers, parents and students to plan and plant year round.

Students will develop an ability to do cost / efficiency analysis.

Organizational Outcomes

  • Provide options for school garden irrigation
  • Clear explanation of how each irrigation system works, cost of implement and upkeep and pros and cons of each system
  • Consensus on which system PAC will purchase for the school