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Garden Based Education

Benefits of Garden-Based Learning
“Gardening enhances our quality of life in numerous ways: providing fresh food, exercise and health benefits, opportunities for multi-generational and life-long learning, creating pleasing landscapes and improved environment, and bringing people together.

Garden-based learning programs result in increased nutrition and environmental awareness, higher learning achievements, and increased life skills for our students. They are also an effective and engaging way to integrate curriculum and meet learning standards, giving young people the chance to develop a wide range of academic and social skills.

Garden experiences foster ecological literacy and stewardship skills, enhancing an awareness of the link between plants in the landscape and our clothing, food, shelter, and well-being. They also provide children and youth with the time and space to explore the natural world–something that can occur rarely in today’s era of indoor living.” (excerpted from Cornell University, the garden based education blog.)

Last week we had 54 kindergarten students from Providence Christian Academy in our gardens learning about chickens and eggs, veggies and herbs, compost, and observing our gardens full of Monarch butterflies, ladybugs, and bees.

SIlky Hen At The Demonstration Garden Field TripMeet Opal, named for Judy’s Aunt Opal. 

 Opal is a Silkie with black skin and bones and 5 toes instead of the normal 4. She is a wonderful brooder and mother.

Moms And Children FromProvidence Christian School Enjoying Our Visiting Chickens

Eat your veggies! We let the children take home the radishes they picked and they fed the radish tops to the chickens. 

Radish Harvest For A Kindergarten Boy From Providence Christian School

Enthusiastic future vermi-composters!

Red Wriggler Worms and Providence Christian School Students

We are still booking fall field trips.  The Gardens and our Dallas County Master Gardeners are always ready to teach in the garden!

Registration Now Open For Field Trips

 A very special experience awaits children visiting the Earth-Kind WaterWise Demonstration Garden on a field trip.  Children can pet friendly chickens, peek under leaves in the vegetable garden for growing produce, watch for hummingbirds and butterflies in the wildlife habitat, and learn how compost enriches our soil. 

Demonstration Garden Field Trip-Learning About Chickens

Teachers and parents are as enthusiastic about the field trip as their young friends: “The children absolutely loved the event…the volunteers were so excited about what they were sharing…and the excitement was contagious.”   

The Demonstration Garden gives teachers multiple opportunities to enrich their science curriculum.  The field trips are taught by Master Gardeners, gardening experts trained by the Dallas County AgriLife Extension Service. 

Is your class studying plant identification or wildlife? Would you be interested in having your students write poetry in the garden setting?   Or draw flowers and leaves to examine their structure? Perhaps figure out the area of a vegetable garden and determine the number of plants to include? We can tailor classes to fit your units of study, with a little notice. Literature, math, science, and the arts can be enhanced in a garden setting.

The field trips generally last about two hours.  Children rotate around stations in small groups with lots of individual attention. Restrooms, free parking, and picnic tables are available on site.

And the field trips are offered at little or no cost depending on the materials needed for your class.

Elizabeth

To schedule a field trip to the Demonstration Garden or ask questions about field trips, click here and for more specific information from Annette about field trips go to our Garden Field Trip page.

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