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Why School Gardens?

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A growing body of evidence shows that garden-based learning can boost academic achievement (Williams & Dixon, 2013; Coyle, 2010; Blair, 2009; Lieberman & Hoody, 1998). Garden-based learning offers all students the opportunity to learn in a hands-on setting, benefiting from the rich applied academic and social learning that takes place. Students participating in garden-based learning also show fewer discipline problems, increased enthusiasm for learning, and greater pride in their accomplishments (California State Education Environmental Roundtable, 2000). School gardens show promise to positively affect student health and nutrition, as well as to promote stewardship of our human and ecological communities. Lastly, gardens on school grounds can help be part of a community’s solution by providing access to healthy food and supporting a sense of community and place.

Interested in starting a school garden?  Find out more about MMSD guidelines and check out the number of Madison Outdoor Classrooms PDF already in place!

Want to Learn More?

The Children &  Nature Network has also outlined “10 Reasons to Take Your Students Outside” with links to relevant studies.