Guilford County School Garden Network
Why School Gardens?
A school garden is an outdoor classroom: a living laboratory where gardeners of all ages learn by observing and doing.
Gardening offers real-world, problem-based learning opportunities in every discipline, including the natural sciences, math, language arts, and nutrition.
What are the Benefits of a School Garden?
Inquiry-based learning: School gardens are learning labs that can enrich every part of a school’s curriculum.
Community: Build school pride through taking ownership. Involve whole families; this is for gardeners of all ages!
Health: Kids are more likely to eat something that they have grown, and gardening exposes kids to a variety of new food! Gardening also decreases stress and increases physical activity.
Life Skills: In addition to a wealth of plant growing information, gardening teaches cooperation, responsibility, perseverance, and hard work.
Entrepreneurship: Some schools fundraise by selling produce or seedlings that they grow.
Nature: Connect with plants, pollinators, birds, and life cycles in the garden.