Gardens

Title Abstract Publication Date
A Design That Teaches Others. Advocates creating school buildings that teach environmental stewardship, emphasizing retention of trees, recycling, and school gardens. 05/16/2009
Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation. Guidebook for designing and building natural schoolyard environments that enhance childhood learning and play experiences while providing connection with the natural world. Intended for parents,... 10/31/2010
Center for EcoLiteracy. School Gardens. Webpage includes basic information on schools gardens, and essays on the topic.
Chicago School Garden Initiative. A Collaborative Model for Developing School Gardens That Work. This best practices manual tells the story of Chicago's successful School Garden Initiative (SGI), which worked on a districtwide basis to create and use school gardens as a setting for active... 12/31/2002
CitySprouts CitySprouts introduces school gardens as a core element of children’s public school education. Based in Cambridge, MA, CitySprouts school gardens ensure that hands-on learning, environmental...
Designing Outdoor Environments for Children: Landscaping School Yards, Gardens and Playgrounds. Details the history, design process, installation, and maintenance of sustainable children's landscapes and play yards. Numerous case studies cover projects including storybook courtyards, music... 12/31/2005
Designs on Sustainability and Learning. Uses DuPont, Washington's Pioneer Middle School as an example of a sustainable facility that figures prominently in the curriculum. Electronic displays within the building illustrate energy... 12/31/2008
Developing an Earth-bound Culture Through Design of Childhood Habitats. A small but growing body of research indicates that daily experience of nature, spending time outdoors in the fresh air and sunlight, in touch with plants and animals, has a measurable impact on... 08/31/2000
Developing Great Schoolyards - A Handbook for Elementary Schools. Handbook explores outdoor spaces such as small athletic fields, vegetable gardens, and playgrounds that provide opportunities for physical challenges, exercise, sensory and fantasy play, organized... 09/30/2011
Digging Deeper: Integrating Youth Gardens Into Schools and Communities. This book provides educators with practical, clear information on how to develop youth gardens in schools and communities. It shows how school gardening is an ideal vehicle to meet high educational... 12/31/1997
Down and Dirty. Describes how schools have used schoolyard gardens to teach math, biology, and local history. 02/28/2006
Edible Schoolyard The Edible Schoolyard is a non-profit program located on the campus of Martin Luther King Junior Middle School in Berkeley, California. The website includes information on how the garden, kitchen,...
Flowers, Plants, and Gardening: For Kids! Compilation of great sources of information for children on plants, botany, gardening, horticulture, hydroponics, and much more. [Recommended by Ms. McKnight's class in Delaware.] 12/31/2010
Getting Started: A Guide for Creating School Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms This is a step-by-step guide for creating a healthy, productive garden that serves as an educational environment for students. It discusses planning the garden, breaking ground, maintaining the... 12/31/2008
How Does Your Schoolyard Grow?: A Green Playground Extends the Classroom Outdoors. Profiles the natural schoolyard and playground features of San Francisco schools, including a water pump set in a plot of dirt ready to make mud for castles, dams, flood plains, and related projects... 09/30/2007
How to Choose Plants Kids Will Love to Grow in Their Classroom Project. Advises on plant selection for school gardens, addressing herbs, flowers, leafy plants, fruits, and vegetables. 12/31/2006
How to Get Started with a School Garden Project. Advises on organizing a school gardening project, including choosing the location, obtaining the supplies, plant selection, and land preparation. 12/31/2006
How to Grow a School Garden. Advises teachers and parents on creating school gardens. Site design and funding are discussed, as is incorporating the garden into the curriculum. Lesson plans, plant selection information,... 12/31/2009
How to Start a Garden in a Local School. This explains how to start with an indoor school garden, form a garden committee, make a plan, find a site, and develop community support. 12/31/2006
KidsGardening.org Schools are using gardens, greenhouses, and schoolyard habitats to encourage children to make good food choices, augment classroom studies with experiential learning, build a love of nature,...
Master Gardener Classroom Garden Project: An Evaluation of the Benefits to Children. Analyzes data collected on 52 second and third grade students participating in this project that provides inner-city children in the San Antonio Independent School District with an experiential way... 05/31/1995
Math in the Garden This general audience article, published in Atlantic magazine (November 23, 2015) explains the benefits of school gardens as a teaching tool infused into elementary school curricula. Using the Los... 01/08/2016
Realistic Contributions for Improving the Physical School Environment. Identifies improvements to schools' culture, through various projects enhancing the physical aesthetics of the school. The premise of the project is based on findings from a survey, which was... 12/31/2009
Realizing a Holistic Approach to Food through School Gardens and Growing Activities Garden-enhanced education in schools is increasingly recognized as a promising strategy for promoting healthier eating and environmental awareness for children. Analysis of the development of school... 03/31/2012
Reconnecting Kids to Nature: The Benefits of School Gardens School gardens provide a space for students to reconnect to the ecology around them and learn about natural systems that support life on our planet. excerpt from How to Grow a School: A Complete... 01/31/2011

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