Education and Curriculum Overview

Garden Expectations

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  1. Be kind to all living things: respect plants, animals, and people!

  2. Be safe: ask before picking plants or using tools; walking feet on paths 

  3. Listen respectfully: the garden is our outdoor classroom

  4. “Don’t yuck my yum” ☺

  5. Be brave and try new things!

Program Goals & Learning Objectives

  1. Academic Learning: Students will demonstrate learning three or more environmental science concepts connected to the garden (i.e. life cycles, plant parts and functions, soil properties, pollination & the role of insects and animals in the garden, water cycle, weather patterns & seasons, habitats and ecosystems, and the impacts (positive and negative) of humans on the natural environment). 

  2. Gardening Knowledge: Students will demonstrate understanding of basic gardening skills such as planting seeds, weeding, watering, and the needs of plants. 

  3. Connection to Nature:  Students will increase their comfort level and familiarity with being outdoors and engaging with their natural surroundings.  Students will understand the importance of respect and care for living things.

  4. Receptive to trying healthy foods: Students will show positive attitudes toward and willingness to try new vegetables in the garden.

Monthly Curriculum Themes

  1. September- Welcome to the Garden! (Introductions, expectations, and fall planting) 

  2. October- Basic Botany: Plant Parts and Life Cycles

  3. November- Soil: The Health and Science Beneath Our Feet (soil, worms, and decomposition) 

  4. December- Winter Garden Studies (hibernation, seasonal changes, plant adaptations)

  5. January- Local Birds: Adaptations, Habitats, and Roles in Garden Ecosystems 

  6. February- All about seeds: Dissecting, Sprouting, and Planting

  7. March- Water: The Key to Life (water cycle and conservation) 

  8. April- Insects & Pollination

  9. May- Garden Celebrations and Summer Planting!