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School gardens are outdoor classrooms: 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.
Interested in starting or revitalizing a garden at your school? Contact North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Guilford County Center at (336) 641-2400 or visit their website for more information.