Discovery Area

Westlawn ES Discovery Area

What is the "Discovery Area?"

Westlawn’s Discovery Area is an enriching, safe and stress free outdoor environment in which to learn. Students participate in engaging extensions of classroom curriculum which provide additional opportunities to achieve academically.  The Discovery Area promotes best practices in education by offering students real life experiences in which to explore and apply the FCPS Program of Studies. Students enjoy planting and harvesting the crops, digging for treasure in the special digging area, reading and telling stories in the story telling chair and climbing the “mountain”.

In addition, the Discovery Area fosters a partnership between students, parents, staff members, business partners, and the community. We teamed-up with Volunteer Fairfax for a work day in which students helped add to our Digging Area and expand our mountain. Our story chair was completed thanks to the generosity and commitment of an Eagle Scout. 

Students in various parts of the Discovery Area

Students using spades to get dirt from a wheel barrel on Arbor Day