Why School Gardens?
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.
Want to Learn More?
- Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation by Sharon Gamson Danks
- Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv
- All Hands in the Dirt: A Guide to Designing and Creating Natural School Grounds by Evergreen
- Cornell Garden-Based Learning
- Boston Schoolyard Initiative
- California School Garden Network
- The Edible Schoolyard Project
- Wisconsin School Garden Initiative
- Cultivating Childhood Wellness through Gardening
- The Madison GROW Coalition