Using our curriculum and garden services, 182 teachers at 19 schools brought 4,000+ students out to their school gardens this year. Read our Year in Review. We’re gearing up to do it again next year with many program improvements including:
- New training for teachers and parent volunteers
- More garden-based learning for low income students
- Improved lesson plans with more gardening tasks, veggie tasting and environmental science content
- Increased focus on climate-stabilizing gardening practices
School Gardens benefit children’s health, education and environment.
Increases academic engagement
Research shows that outdoor classrooms refuel students for learning when they return to their regular classroom. Students who learn in outdoor settings become better thinkers. A majority of our teachers report that students are more engaged and better understand content when they learn in the garden.
Improves physical and mental wellness
Garden-based learning has positive impacts on the physical and mental health of children by increasing physical activity, improving states of mind, teaching important nutrition concepts, and exposing them to new fruits and vegetables which they are then more likely to eat.
Develops environmental stewardship
Garden-based learning fosters a connection to nature, an understanding of important ecological concepts, and an ethic of environmental stewardship. This will prepare students to solve our greatest environmental challenges. Learn more about our Climate Victory Garden methods.