School Gardens Projects

Programs to Connect Kids with Nature at School

In line with our 2017-2019 theme, Plant America, NGC encourages our garden club members to get involved with schools across the country. Children are our future, and it is up to us to educate them on the importance of gardening.

Establishing gardening programs in schools helps children learn basic life skills, and can also supplement almost any of their classes. They practice their writing through observational journals, apply science knowledge as they watch plant life cycles, utilize math skills through measurements, and better understand history and other cultures through growing their own food. They can learn lessons in responsibility, communication, teamwork, and patience.

The NGC strives to promote these school gardens in unique ways. Some schools don't have outdoor space for gardens-- fish tank terrariums, windowsill gardens, or container gardens are a perfect alternative to get children involved in gardening. Further, less and less children are spending time outside. School gardens can at least provide them with outdoor time within a structured, educational environment. It may even spark an interest that pushes them to get involved outside of the classroom.

This committee would also like to encourage our members to incorporate our new early reader, The Saved Seed, into educational opportunities. The Saved Seed teaches children about gardening and plant life cycles in a way to which they can relate.

Gardening and outdoor activity may be exactly what a quiet child needs to branch out and find their way. For more information about school gardens or The Saved Seed, contact the chairmen.

For more information, contact:
Lynn Ehnert, Chairman: The Saved Seed

For more information, contact:
Carolyn Patterson, Chairman: School Gardens Projects