POD Wake Co.

Beginning and Beyond Child Development Center

Beginning and Beyond Child Development Center, in downtown Raleigh, NC, has progressed towards their goal to create an active and productive outdoor learning environment as a participating POD-Wake demonstration center.

A fenced in learning garden was completed featuring 362 square feet of raised vegetable garden, a compost area, storage shed, a water source, and 211 square feet of fruiting shrubs. A total of 9 fruit trees are planted throughout the OLE.

Children enjoy planting, tending, and harvesting fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. The outdoor learning environment was enhanced with the creation of a stage for dramatic play and performances and a playhouse. Flowering trees along with shrubs and perennials planted in colorful tire planters help to naturalize and bring beauty to the space.

Beginning and Beyond received the City of Raleigh Urban Agriculture Award in 2015 and have invested $17,500 in OLE improvements during the course of the POD Wake project.


Address: 322 East Cabarrus St., Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone Number: (919) 856-2273
Permit Type: Four Star Center License

Working with people in the community, the “seed” of POD Wake has grown.

Center Director

Before Renovation

After Renovation

Outdoor Learning Environment


OLE view from gazebo.

In hill slide with tire steps.

School age children explore garden in autumn.

Production garden surrounding gazebo gathering place.

Productive garden in the OLE.

Local Partnership for Children

Partnership Name: Wake County Smart Start
Partnership Address: 4901 Waters Edge Drive, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27606
Partnership Phone: (919) 851-9550
Partnership Website: Visit Website