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.

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

Harvesting Sunflower Seeds

The Ultimate Back-to-School Snack

A beautiful, double sunflower before it's begun to product seeds

Disguised Learning

According to Karen Hickmott, at Myers Action Institute, disguised learning means “the students have so much fun while learning they do not realize they are strengthening their academic skills.” Through the after-school and summer garden program offered to students in kindergarten through fifth grade, this 2010 grant winning program ha

Gardening with Creative Containers

The hot summer months of July and August are great activity months for children. This summer, our family has been busy biking, swimming and kayaking quite often. It’s also the time of year to visit your local parks, stop by roadside lemonade stands and perhaps attend a few weekend garage or yard sales.

Growing Nutritious Lessons in a World Garden

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Celebrating a Garden Grant Winner
Impressed with a winning garden program at Washington School in New Jersey, National Gardening Association awarded the school a Youth Garden Grant in November 2010. This story highlights how a global teaching garden project, students, and community all grew and flourished in the following year. Visit the Kidsgardening grants page to learn about the variety of garden grants that NGA offers.

In 2009, students in grades K-2 at Washington School in New Jersey dug into gardening for the first time, and they reaped plenty. The worldwide unity of the Winter Olympic Games planted the seeds for this outstanding project.

The Secret Life of Ponds

Water makes life on the planet not just livable, but possible. All organisms are utterly dependent on it for survival. Our bodies are 80 percent water. It covers three-quarters of the Earth's surface, but only 3 percent of that area is fresh water (the rest is oceanic salt water), and more than half of that is in the form of ice.

GrowLab: Activities for Growing Minds

GrowLab® is a K-8 plant-based instructional program that invites educators to use plants as a springboard for investigative, student-centered learning. In GrowLab classrooms, indoor and outdoor gardens become living laboratories for active inquiry, where teachers prompt students to question, experiment, and construct their own understanding of the world around them.

How to Find a Ladybug

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The Tale of the Lost Ladybugs

Once the state insect of New York, the nine-spotted ladybug population diminished until it all but disappeared from the radar. In fact when some youngsters spotted one of them near their Virginia home in 2006, it was the first of that species seen in the Eastern United States in 14 years! John Losey and other scientists at Cornell University figured that if lots of eyes scoured the country, they might help find more of them along with some other native lady beetles that were also disappearing. And so, The Lost Ladybug Project was born. But it wasn’t just about documenting locals. Scientists – and many homeowners – noticed that populations of other ladybugs were exploding. This included the orangey Asian lady beetle, which was introduced in this country to control pests. Have these imports excluded the native species from their habitats? This is one of the questions that scientists are exploring, thanks to a growing team of citizen scientists.

When Lila Higgins, an educator from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, first takes her teenage summer camp students out in search of lost ladybugs, they look a bit lost themselves. “I start by talking about ladybugs and other insects and asking students to notice what they see,” says Lila. She instructs them to put their “nature eyes” on. After all, scientists need to hone their observation skills. In many cases, they don’t see much.

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