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Youth Garden Spotlight: Twelve Stones CDC Community Garden

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Having had a mild winter, the Twelve Stones Community Garden kicked-off their first youth garden in February 2012. Students jumped at the chance to get raised beds started, filling them with soil and making plant selections.

Youth Program Spotlight: Growing Power Inc. 2012 Jamba Juice "It's All About the Fruit and Veggies" Grant Winner

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Growing Power Chicago Lights Urban Farm is located in the heart of the city of Chicago.  Since 2002, Growing Power has worked in collaboration with Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church to facilitate the Chicago Lights Urban Farm.

Youth Program Spotlight: Growing Power Inc.

2012 Jamba Juice "It's All About the Fruit and Veggies"
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Growing Power Chicago Lights Urban Farm is located in the heart of the city of Chicago.  Since 2002, Growing Power has worked in collaboration with Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church to facilitate the Chicago Lights Urban Farm.

Youth Garden Spotlight: Myers Elementery School

2011 Healthy Sprouts Award Winner
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Apply for the Subaru Healthy Sprouts Award today

Since 2006, Students at Myers Elementary School have been involved in every aspect of the garden. Students engage in lessons on historical plantings, nutritional information, cooking classes, endangered species and so much more.

Home Depot Supports Youth Gardens

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Apply for the Youth Garden Grant today!

Applications are due December 2nd, 2012

The Home Depot Garden Club proudly sponsors Youth Garden Grants, a program targeted to help build and maintain school gardens across the United States. So far, this effort has helped to support over 600 schools with funding, curriculum, employee volunteer hours, and most important, hope.  Many of the programs that received grants have high rates of students receiving free and reduced lunches and are located in underserved areas.

Holding Onto the Garden — Environmental Sustainability

Tips for increasing the environmental sustainability of your site's garden.

“We make decisions in the garden based on what is good for the earth, not solely what is good for our short-term needs.” (Hurricane High School, Hurricane, WV)

Promoting Environmental Stewardship through Rain Gardens

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How to Design a Rain Garden

This detailed account provides step-by-step instructions for designing, installing, and maintaining a rain garden. Additional content provided to use this as a high school activity. Download How to Design a Rain Garden (PDF) »

Instructions for how to install a rain garden and use it to promote environmental stewardship.

Rain Garden at Coolidge High School, Washington DCSchool gardens have a long and successful history with a variety of purposes.  Ninety six percent of the 2010-2011 National Gardening Assoc

Outdoor Living in the School Garden

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Learning in the Outdoors

Here are two lessons created by our staff at NGA to get your students learning in the garden.

Image taken from: Adirondack ArtImage taken from: Adirondack ArtA footprint map is a visual of animal footprints used to identify animals. Guides showing local animal tracks are a great way to help your students identify garden visitors. Tiny identification guides can be downloaded online and tucked into garden journals. Posters are also available for display in the classroom. Do a search of animal footprint maps to locate a guide for your area.

Visitors to the NGA headquarters at Vermont Garden Park sitting comfortably outdoorsMany times, as gardeners, we think of the garden as “ours”. The garden exists to fulfill our purposes whether to provide food for our family, education for our students, or a beautiful setting for family and friends to enjoy.

Exploring Water — Four Lessons to Teach about the Importance of Water

This curriculum unit, developed by the education staff at the National Gardening Association addresses the core specific elements of the water cycle for K-12 students. There are four grade specific lesson plans, but the lessons can easily be adapted to meet the needs of any age classroom. Content in the lessons covers different aspects of the water cycle and applying the principles to activities and inquiry that can be discussed in and out of the school garden.

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