Early Childhood

Cut Flower Lesson Ideas

Growing flowers helps teach kids many art, language, language arts, math, and science concepts—along with patience, responsibility, and appreciation for the natural world. Below are some lesson ideas we really like.

Garden-Inspired Performing Arts

Bringing Kids and Concepts to Life

Creating compost and exploring its creatures can be cool. So can tracking garden pollinators. It’s well-accepted that when students dig in with hands and minds, they build skills and grasp concepts. Now, imagine how your young scientists would flourish if you also invited them to interpret and portray their discoveries through a cast of characters; dramatic story; poem, rap, or song; musical performance; or interpretive dance.

Honeybees: Powerhouse Pollinators

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When we have breakfast each day, we can thank honeybees for making our meal possible by pollinating the blueberries on our cereal, oranges for our juice, or almonds in our muffins.

Learning about Bee Lives and Hives

When children arrive at the Krystal Garden in the Bronx, they find Jennifer Plewka waiting for them wearing her beekeeper’s suit and holding a large, inflatable bee.

2009 Grant and Award Winner Year End Report Summary

The National Gardening Association has been providing material assistance to youth and community gardens with the support of generous sponsors through grants since 1982. In 2005 we started collecting data to track the impact of our grants programs via a year-end evaluation summary completed by grant recipients.

2007 Grant and Award Winner Year End Report Summary

The National Gardening Association has been providing material assistance to youth and community gardens through grants since 1982. In 2005 we started collecting data to track the impact of our grants programs via a year-end evaluation summary completed by grant recipients.

Below are results and comments collected for the 2007 grant cycle, based on 211 evaluations for 4 of our grants programs. Individual grant report summaries are attached below.

2006 Grant and Award Winner Year End Report Summary

The National Gardening Association has been providing material assistance to youth and community gardens through grants since 1982, and in 2005 we started collecting data to track the impact of our grants programs via a year-end report completed by grant recipients.

Here are results for the 2006 grant cycle, based on 487 reports (74% response rate):

Number of Responses by Grant Program:

2005 Grant and Award Winner Year End Report Summary

The National Gardening Association has been providing material assistance to youth and community gardens through grants since 1982, and is committed to the development of new projects and sustaining existing ones. NGA now tracks the impact of funded programs via a year-end reports completed by grant recipients. This helps us gauge the efficacy of our grant programs, provides accountability to sponsors, and captures general information about successful youth garden programs and their needs.

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