“It seems that educational experts through the ages and across the globe have all cited the garden as a master teacher. In the garden we learn first-hand about nurturing and caring, patience and discovery, stewardship and respect, beauty and life. We also learn practical skills such as; mathematics, science, health and nutrition. Perhaps even more relevant today is the opportunity that gardening gives us to reconnect with nature. Research and anecdotal evidence tells us that when this connection with our natural world is established and nurtured, the child’s mind becomes centered and focused, eager to attack other areas of academia.”
|Starside Elementary School, Kansas
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- Research Supporting the Benefits of School Gardens.
- Let’s Move School Garden Checklist a downloadable step-by-step guide provided by Let’s Move that informs how to safely grow your own fruits and vegetables with students.
- Sowing the Seeds of Success, a booklet by Marcia Eames-Sheavly that defines organizational steps needed to start a gardening project involving kids and the community, and considerations to maintain the project long term.
- Kidsgardening.org – a resource of the National Gardening Association providing grants and free materials for educators and families so that they may use gardening as a resource for learning. Their stated mission is ‘A garden in every school.’
- How to Grow a School Garden: A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers – a resource book with strategies, to-do lists, sample letters, detailed lesson plans, and tricks of the trade from decades of experience developing school garden programs for grades K–8. The book’s hands-on approach aims to make school garden projects accessible, inexpensive, and sustainable.
- Getting Started: A Guide for Creating School Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms – a 51-page downloadable guide designed and published by the Center for Ecoliteracy in collaboration with Life Lab Science Program, a national leader in garden-based education.