School Garden Education
Through our Growing Education programming, we offer fun and interactive learning experiences where children are:
Given a platform to share their experiences and build new knowledge
Provided a safe outlet to connect with nature
Presented with opportunities to build skills in the areas of cross curricular academics, social & emotional learning, nutrition, and environmental awareness.
Grow Nashua’s hands-on lessons and activities inspire community connection, critical thinking, and raise awareness of how fresh food has a positive effect on health and the environment. At this time this is being done in a combination of virtual and in person.
Garden Basics Builder for 4th & 5th
Upper elementary classrooms are invited to participate in a four part Garden Basics Builder series that will prepare students with the background needed to make important connections while working in the school garden.
Classes are taught by a Grow Nashua educator and will review and build upon previously learned science material with topics such as soil basics, plant systems, garden nutrition, and garden planning.
The Garden Basics Builder program can be taught once a week for 4 weeks, or at a pace that works for the classroom teacher. Please note: programming can be delivered to students remotely, in person, or using a blend of the two approaches.
Following the completion of the four part series, teachers will be invited to book Hands in the Dirt time for their classrooms in the spring and fall!
Standards incorporated in lessons: Science, Health, & Social Studies.
Other meaningful benefits include:
Positive impact on student achievement, behavior, and academic achievement
Instill appreciation and respect for our shared environment
Improve life skills, including working with groups and self-understanding
Potential increase in fruit and vegetable intake resulting from taste tests and willingness to try fruits and vegetables.
Knowledge of growing and consuming their own fresh produce. A skill to be carried into adulthood with lasting health benefits.
Students and teachers at schools with school gardens are also able to use the garden space for outdoor gatherings and learning opportunities.
"School Garden Education is a high-value way to achieve multiple goals for community health, public health, education, equity, economic prosperity, and environmental protection."
- NH Farm to School