The Idyllwild Garden Club is a proud sponsor of the “Junior Garden” at the Idyllwild School. Here, the club works in cooperation with school administration, teachers and parents to provide a “laboratory” of gardening, learning experiences for students. Several plots have been established and continue to be developed and maintained on school grounds, including both vegetable and native plant gardens.
School gardens are more than a collection of plants. They are learning laboratories, which put the natural world at students’ fingertips. Children enjoy learning through the direct experiences a garden can provide, which encompasses both the natural and academic world. A garden, whether it is a single planter box or several raised beds, offers a rich context for exploring science, nutrition, social studies, math, art, language arts, and more. There is much to be learned while caring for the green and growing plants of this world.
Some of the many benefits of a garden are:
- Integrate curriculum in areas of science, math, social studies, and language arts.
- Connect children to the earth and the source of their food.
- Enhance children’s awareness and appreciation of the environment.
- Provide a strategy and meaningful activity for working with “at risk” students.
- Help students develop a strong sense of belonging, fellowship, caring, and community through garden activities.
- Instill pride, ownership, and responsibility among students and community members.
- Acquire additional funds, resources, and support through successful garden activities.
- Increase self-esteem of students.