Early exposure to organisms builds empathy for living things and teaches about life cycles, ecosystem dynamics, and predator/prey relationships.
Students observe birds on campus near the garden in order to categorize behaviors.
It’s helpful to give kids some direction, but they need opportunities to try things out and make mistakes.
A hands-on instructional approach is a cornerstone of garden-based education.
When a newly planted seed germinates or a freshly harvested radish is eaten, kids wear success in their smiles.
Cultivating a sense of place is a key – and sometimes underestimated – component of a successful garden-based education program.
If they grow it, they’ll eat it. It will seem less bizarre if they are part of the growing process.
A class field trip to the farmers market illustrates just one of the many connections to home and community made with garden-based education.
Spend just 20 minutes a day immersed in nature to boost overall health.
A garden is a living system, which means lessons must be dynamic, flexible, and in tune with seasonal cycles and natural patterns.
Meaningful fitness “exercises” the mind and body at the same time.
Throughout 2022, I’ll be sharing Nathan Larson’s 15 “Core Principles of Garden-Based Education,” using them as an organizing frame for reflecting on the school garden movement in Napa County.
I’ve doubled down since the pandemic and centered my teaching on the science of stress, self-care as a radical act of resistance, and trauma-informed practices.
Given the challenges schools have faced in the last two years, garden teachers (and kids) need more support from the community than ever before.
Truth be told, I’ve never handed out candy for trick-or-treat. I prefer to share garden treats instead. Find out what this year’s trick will be.
School gardens with a robust vision are more likely to build resilience in the wake of many challenges.
Farm to School recently announced record-setting funding for feeding and teaching kids. Read these tips as you think about your grant proposal.
To celebrate organizations who are leading the way in the face of social inequity and racial injustice in outdoor education, this month’s post highlights curated resources for building resilience and confronting silence.
If the snail is already not your favorite animal, Escargot would like you to reconsider.
Celebrate National Garden Month by engaging the youngest gardeners to design their own spaces to engage and explore.
Jane Colden is remembered as the first American woman botanist.
For a time, I was ‘wintering‘ through the month-long stay-at-home order and rainy weather just fine. But when the sun came out again, I took advantage of the opportunity to socialize outside with a close friend. We visited the Ruth Bancroft Garden & Nursery for a self-guided tour of an impressive display of drought-tolerant plants….
Sensory experience–a hallmark of science, nutrition, and environmental education–is much harder to deliver via screen. However, a few months ago I was inspired me to turn over a new leaf.
Becoming a curious birder may be just the antidote you need to get through 2020!
Stay safe this Halloween with creative planting activities and not-so-scary vegetable books.
As a former classroom teacher, I can attest to the powerful pull food has for students.
Despite the fact that I am not an expert gardener, I still find the importance and joy of sharing my experiences with food, the connection between garden-to-classroom and farm-to-table lessons.
Amidst the health and safety concerns, I’ve started to mourn the loss of access to outdoor learning spaces.
Fighting racial injustice must begin somewhere. For me, that somewhere is hope.
Weeds are in the eye of the beholder. This weed season, I offer three reasons to put your energy elsewhere.
Submit a Dirt Girl Diary to be eligible for an Earth Day 2020 Giveaway!
Stone Soup encourages students to try a wide variety of vegetables while building classroom community through cuisine.
To engage kindergarteners in local, place-based investigation of bees, we ground the investigation in a real-life phenomenon: What kind of bees are in our school garden?
Bulbs are easy to cultivate and fun to study in the school garden, even for the youngest learners.
In the School Garden Curriculum, Christopher offers a rare gem in the field of garden-based learning that clearly capitalizes on her numerous years of experience leading children in learning outdoors.
With the right combination of planning and prowess, crowdfunding is a viable way to raise money for garden-based education.
Following these garden-to-cafeteria guidelines eased the way for a motivated group of teachers, students, food service professionals, and community members.
Grow your garden and your teaching practice with collaboration.
Daily highlights from an amazing conference will inspire you to build the future of your school garden program.
Inviting the community to tour your garden is an authentic opportunity to beautify a school campus.
Sunflowers beckon your attention when in bloom just in time for back-to-school.
Growing your own is an old idea with new legs, especially when it comes to school lunch.
Making a salve from calendula is a great use for this prolific weed.