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NPR: Out Of The Classroom And Into The Woods

Kids in the U.S. are spending less time outside. Even in kindergarten, recess is being cut back. But in the small town of Quechee, Vt., a teacher is bucking that trend: One day a week, she takes her students outside — for the entire school day.It's called Forest Monday.Eliza Minnucci got the idea after watching a documentary about a forest school in Switzerland ... Full story

Revisiting garden-based learning in basic education

extract from .pdf by Daniel Desmond, James Grieshop, Aarti SubramaniamUNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning Garden Based Learning (GBL) can be defined simply as an instructional strategy that utilizes a garden as a teaching tool. The pedagogy is based on experiential education, which is applied in the living laboratory of the garden. This simple definition, however, is misleading in that it does not take ... Full story

School Gardens Can Help Kids Learn Better And Eat Healthier. So Why Aren’t They Everywhere?

The case for garden-based learning in schools seems simple, even obvious, at first: What harm could there be in encouraging young children to connect with nature and learn more about the ecology around them, including where the food they eat comes from?But given the ever-growing demands on teachers’ time and the poor financial health many of the nation’s school districts are in, the ... Full story

Garden-Based Education at Cornell University

Cornell University has a rich history of garden education, beginning with the enthusiasm of Liberty Hyde Bailey. And it’s still vibrant and thriving today. Currently, there are a number of avenues through which the public and students at the university can learn about, engage in, or become involved with, gardens, gardening, and garden programs. Cornell Garden-Based Learning provides educators with inspiring, research-based ... Full story

Wikipedia defines Garden-based learning

Garden-based learning (GBL) encompasses programs, activities and projects in which the garden is the foundation for integrated learning, in and across disciplines, through active, engaging real-world experiences that have personal meaning for children, youth, adults and communities.Garden-based learning is essentially an instructional strategy that utilizes the garden as a teaching tool. The practice of garden-based learning is a growing global phenomenon. In some ... Full story

How to Start an Organic Garden in 9 Easy Steps

How to Start an Organic Garden in 9 Easy Steps
You've been trying to eat more organic foods, both to decrease the amount of pesticides you and your family consume, and to help protect the environment from overloading with toxic chemicals. But organics can get a bit expensive, we know. Luckily, there's a way to grow your own delicious, fresh produce, while having fun and ... Full story

Where the Wonder Went – A short film on science education

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Kids’ Garden: 40 Fun Indoor and Outdoor Activities and Games

Get outside and grow with some child-friendly fun with gardening! Kids Garden includes forty activities and games and an eight-page booklet that contains information on gardening tools, year-round plant care and garden safety. These step-by-step instructions are enhanced by colorful collage artwork on each double-sided card and they create a fun and easy way ... Full story

Discovering the Naturalist Intelligence: Science in the Schoolyard book

When it comes to understanding multiple intelligence theory and applying it to the classroom, the naturalist intelligence is an essential piece of the puzzle. This teacher resource will help define naturalist intelligence and explore its potential, identify naturalist traits in students with an observational checklist, meet national science standards while using MI techniques in every ... Full story

The Growing Classroom book

The growing classroom, garden-based science by Roberta Jaffe and Gary Appel  The Growing Classroom is a bestselling teacher's manual that was developed by the Life Lab Science Program and revised to meet current science standards and educator needs. This curriculum features hands-on strategies for managing garden-based science instruction including planning a garden laboratory, facilitating investigative ... Full story
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