REAL School Gardens
October 25, 2011
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.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Through my child at his own school garden, as well as attending volunteer events where I could see schools, parents, children, donors and volunteers all coming together to support the creation of outdoor learning environments.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Grow the organization to increase its capacity to support more REAL School Gardens.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I attended a new school design charrette and a new school garden installation. I created a connection between my place of work and REAL School Gardens so they could start a partnership. I served on their local advisory board.