|In this school, gardens are integrated into the educational
curriculum to teach these children not only about plants, nature,
and the outdoors, but other subjects as well.
These Gardens will teach children about history, economics,
poetry, and math, but are still primarily used for science studies.
These students will become part of Reptanical Garden as they
are included in its vision from its planning days, to construction
days, to the inevitable opening day.
Youth Quest Inc. is a non-profit 501c3 corporation
Phase one of the Youth Quest Reptanical School will serve as a day treatment school program
for students who qualify for services and will serve adolescents who are at-risk and have
behavioral and/or emotional issues which qualify them for this service. The school will be
located in Durham and will maximize therapeutic learning opportunities in a classroom setting
for students who are otherwise unable to be maintained in standard public school classrooms.
The classroom team will be comprised of a combination of two Practitioner employees from
Youth Quest and a teacher and teacher's assistant from the local public school system.
Students with behavioral/emotional disabilities will have individualized education plans
created that are tailored to each student's behavioral and academic needs. In the initial
development of this program, only Day-Treatment services will be offered. At some later
point, a school for academically or intellectually gifted students may be proposed.
A typical day at this school will include academic instruction along with therapeutic activities
aimed at strengthening interpersonal and self-management skills. Through the utilization of
the skills based curriculum and its use of positive and nurturing motivation systems; the staff in
this program will be masters at building creative learning opportunities that are experiential
and focused on skills for daily living. The variety of methods and techniques used in this
setting will capture the students' interest and makes learning an enjoyable process, leading to
academic and behavioral success. The goal for our students will be to learn and master the
skills that will enable them to successfully transfer back to a typical public school setting.
Below is a sample day schedule:
Sample School Day
8:00 – 8:15 Day Orientation/Roll
8:15 – 8:30 Morning Garden Walk with search assignment
8:40 – 9:30 Core Class I Writing/Reading
9:40 – 10:30 Elective Class I
10:30 - 11:20 Outdoor Science Application Class I
11:30 – 12:00 Lunch; outside when weather permits
12:00 - 12:40 Social Skills Group Therapy
12:40 – 1:30 Core Class II Math
1:30 – 2:20 Elective Class (example: Social Studies, Languages, Art, etc.)
2:20 – 2:50 Outdoor Science Application Class II- Outdoor Project time
2:50 – 3:15 Closing Exercises/Dismissal
The school will be located on the same plot of land as the Schofield Reptanical Garden.
These Gardens will teach the children about history, economics, poetry, and math, but will
primarily used for biology sciences. Students will have the opportunity to learn hands-on
biology, and will be provided with ample opportunities to engage in experiential education
about reptiles, amphibians, and plants. In addition, students may earn opportunities to
participate with various botanical gardens located on-site. As the garden grows, students will
be able to share in the garden’s vision and opening day will have the privilege of earning time
on the grounds with professional garden keepers. As the garden grows, on days when the
weather is not ideal for working, the students will be able to work in the greenhouses and
Proven strategies of Horticultural Therapy, Animal Assisted Therapy in combination with the
unique structure of the Teaching Family Model will offer a spectrum of unique tools geared at
helping our clients gain self mastery as they learn to nurture other living things.
Youth Quest Reptanical Day Treatment School - One classroom for up to 12 clients to begin
with; located on Reptanical Garden property. Classrooms each serve up to twelve middle
school students or high school students depending on initial greatest need. The school may
be modular to begin with, and will carry a capacity of 24 students (2 Classrooms).
Future classrooms may include additional Day Treatment classroom, or will be opened for non-
special needs children through a lottery based system for academically or intellectually gifted
See Schofield Reptanical Garden Mission Statement.-
Of note, this vision and Mission Statement are dated 8/2004; demonstrating our hope for this
service development for some time.
Youth Quest Inc. is a non-profit 501c3 corporation
A professional partnership with Durham County Public Schools to supply the academic
curriculum, teachers, transportation, etc. and/or funding if possible.
A professional partnership with The Durham Center LME developmental support and funding.
Additional professional partnerships with Departments of Juvenile Justice and/or Division of
Social Services to facilitate continued funding options and start-up costs and supportive
A modular school building owned by Durham County Public Schools to be provided and set
up on the property until Youth Quest obtains funding to build a permanent classroom.
Land sold, leased, or donated to the Schofield Reptanical Garden through the county public
school department or through additional partnerships with Durham City, Durham County, or
Durham City Parks and Recreation if possible.
A better ability for the local public school to meet the needs of behaviorally and/or
emotional disabled students. This unique approach with an Evidence Based Curriculum
through the Teaching Family Model is a scientifically proven teaching curriculum.
The ability to prevent long distance referrals or placements for the local LME for clients
whose academic needs can only be met through a strong Day-Treatment program.
Small class size and inclusion maximized – as the Reptanical Garden and School grow,
they will attract parents who will desire to enroll students without behavioral disabilities. The
school will eventually have seats for BED/BEH and regular students to maximize this effect.
Associate and Qualified Mental Health Professionals comprise our team at Youth Quest
that is both competent in providing a therapeutic curriculum as well as passionate and able to
implement new programs.
The county will have a one-of-a-kind school meeting a need for a separate site Day
Treatment BED/BEH classroom with a unique inclusion component.
Mission Statement of Schofield Reptanical Garden Inc.
Schofield Reptanical Garden Inc.’s mission is to enrich and provoke the cultural conscience
of our community by providing an educational and accurate sampling of the remarkable
flora and fauna of our living planet that God has created for mankind to enjoy, utilize, and
protect. The Schofield Reptanical Garden Inc. has been created to achieve zoological and
herpetological education, conservation, and research with focus on the native reptilian and
amphibian species of North Carolina and including an extensive world wide collection of
herpetological and zoological specimens. The Schofield Reptanical Garden Inc. has been
created to develop a world class botanical garden for the community to be psychologically,
aesthetically, and spiritually nourished through visiting and experiencing the botanical
beauties of the natural world. This experience will encompass the climatological variety of
our planet with focus on botanical education, conservation and research. The botanical
mission will include the acquisition and propagation of rare and exotic specimens, and will
include the one of the largest conservatories in the Mid-Atlantic region for the nurturance of
these miracles of nature. Upon these ends, the multitude of future projects will be centered.
In the future, the Schofield Reptanical Garden Inc. mission may include development of
programs in one or more of the following arenas:
1. Development of public day treatment school and charter school focusing on science,
biology, and the environment which includes special provisions for the rehabilitation and
educational development of at-risk adolescents in the area.
2. Development of teaching internships and study courses in the areas of horticultural
research and conservation and herpetological research, conservation, and rehabilitation.
3. Development of professionally and Para-professionally supported work study programs
for at-risk adolescents.
4. Any other program which the Executive Director sees fit that falls in harmony with the
purpose of this non-profit, 501 c (3) corporation.
Our goal is to build a public access botanical garden with a paid access reptile/botanical
garden. The Reptanical Garden will have some similarities to the Reptile Garden (Shown
Above and below) in South Dakota.
|Youth Quest Reptanical School Goal
Phase I: 2 Classrooms
Classroom Capacity: 12
The Reptanical School
An Innovative Day Treatment School for At-Risk Youth
School gardens have been used
to teach students since the
1800's. Fredrick Froebel
founded the first kindergarten in
1840. Froebel designed his
kindergarten, which translated
means child garden, to teach
children through gardening.
Since this time, teachers
throughout the world have
recognized the benefits of using
The benefits of school gardens
are numerous some include:
Exciting and meaningful learning
Improvement of students' social
skills and cooperation.
Understanding of the natural
School gardens can be an
enjoyable place for teachers