Mission: We create learning gardens that grow successful students.
Results: We currently support 92 elementary schools, ensuring that more than 50,000 children and over 3,100 educators have daily access to learning in school gardens.
Target demographics: We serve teachers at elementary schools with 70% or more of students enrolled in free or reduced lunch programs.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 3,100 teachers and 50,000 students
Geographic areas served: Currently five school districts in North Texas - Arlington ISD, Birdville ISD, Dallas ISD, Fort Worth ISD and Grand Prairie ISD.
Programs: - Help elementary schools create, support and sustain school gardens so children learn outside in engaging, nurturing and inspirational ways.
- Train teachers to take lessons in science, math, language arts and other subjects across the curriculum outside and engage students in experiential, hands-on learning.
Thanks to REAL School Gardens and much to my child's delight, watermelons were harvested in our school gardens this Fall! The children got to follow a complete cycle of growth, from seed to fruit, while enjoying a hands on approach. They got to use their math skills (measuring the melons over time, for example) and writing skills (labeling plants and documenting the experience). They got to use scientific inquiry (why is his watermelon bigger than mine) and draw pictures. This is just a small example of what REAL School Gardens is all about. On a much larger scale, they foster multi-dimensional and powerful learning experiences in outdoor learning environments.