Maui School Garden Tour

What an inspiring day touring thoughtfully created school and family therapy gardens throughout upcountry and central Maui. it’s clear these gardens change lives and, in some cases, save lives. We wandered through curvy paths, felt the cool water from an ‘auwai demo, went on a garden scavenger hunt, learned about soil building, biodynamics, ocean connections […]

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Seed Saving: The Cycle of Life… In Real Life

When teaching life sciences and sustainability with students of any age, seed saving is an essential element that bridges the gap between a text book explanation and real life.  As students experience the full cycle of a plant, from planting the seed to harvesting the seed, the concept of life cycles is experienced more deeply […]

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We’ve got worms!

Worm composting, or vermiculture, provides students an opportunity to enrich their school garden, both literally and figuratively, and is an easy way to teach students that waste is in the eye of the beholder.  While learning and applying skills that satisfy Hawaii State Academic Standards,  students can study worms and how worm composting turns garbage […]

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Gardens for Learning – Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden

Gardens for Learning is a comprehensive guidebook that provides a strong foundation to support the growing school garden movement. It was developed by a team of experienced garden educators, nutritionists, California state officials, and other garden experts.   This guidebook is a must-have resource for anyone looking to enhance learning through the use of gardens […]

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What’s Bugging You? Reference Material

For a good overview of some common garden pest and plant issues check out this  quick reference library of bugs, caterpillars, insects and other plant diseases and problems, courtesy of National Gardening Association. This is easy to use resource can help you quickly identify common plant pests and problems you’re likely to encounter in your […]

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Why Care About Pollinators?

Pollination — the transfer of pollen grains to fertilize the seed-producing ovaries of flowers — is an essential part of a healthy ecosystem.  And pollinators play a significant role in the production of over 150 food crops in the United States.In this introductory curriculum educators have purposely chosen to focus on just two of the […]

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Getting Started: A Guide for Creating School Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms

Getting Started is a 51-page guide designed and published by the Center for Ecoliteracy in collaboration with Life Lab Science Program, a national leader in garden-based education.     Among the topics included in this resource guide:   –  Nurturing a child’s curiosity. –  Connecting the garden to the classroom. –  Selecting and preparing a […]

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Living Classroom at Kihei Elementary

Beginning Botanist – Learn what seeds need to grow. Study seed and developing plant parts. Grow vegetable starts from seeds and observe them in the classroom under different conditions, then bring them back for planting in the garden. Good Bugs & Pest Detectives – Be a detective in the garden to learn about which bugs […]

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