Gardening provides different forms of engagement for children, including designing, planting, and maintaining gardens; harvesting, preparing, and sharing food; working cooperatively in groups; learning about science and nutrition; and creating art and stories inspired by gardens. We have planter boxes, fruit trees, and flower beds for the children to experience first hand. We also have hummingbird feeders and butterfly release included in the gardening education.
We think it's important to educate children at a young age about recycling, conservation, and how important the Earth is. We have recycling bins that the children will be part of maintaining.
Nature walks help children to stimulate imagination and observation skills. Looking through a child's perception of things around them, a crooked rock may look like a monster; a bush could become a wild animal; or an anthill could appear to be a volcano. It gets them outside, allows them to use their senses, encourages them to communicate about and understand the world, it gives them the opportunity to connect with nature, and gives them the opportunity to learn about the community.
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