please also visit the Workshops page for a list of other classes for all ages
Kids’ Garden program for schools and libraries
Lessons based upon the work of Whitney Cohen, of Life Lab Science
Whitney Cohen writes, “Gardens provide us with so many wonderful treats! A thriving garden is often filled with delicious foods, beautiful and bright flowers, amazing animals, and exciting places to explore. Whether they are small indoor containers or expansive outdoor spaces, as you begin to imagine, create, work and play in gardens, you will discover all sorts of things about the world around you.”
Potato Friend made during Carver Memorial Library Summer Gardening Program
The program in its entirety is a forty weeks (one in-class visit a week as follows the school year), but is also available in seasonal sections, or individualized classes. Fees range between $60 plus material fees ifor a single class, and $3200 for the complete program including materials. (based upon a class size of under thirty students) Other supporting activities are also available upon request for additional fees, including an entire companion program, Kids’ Kitchen which is based upon fun and healthy recipes (all suitable for vegetarian diets, and none with added salt)
Session topics include:
*Exploring the Garden
*Planting and Growing
*Fun with Plants
*Creating Garden Art
This program adheres to Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Mathmatics as set forth in the "Common Core State Standards Initiative ©2010", and Maine’s Learning Standards' Guiding Principles as they further apply to Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, World Languages, and Education Development. It is also by definition and pratice, a project based learning program.
Sessions based upon the "Food, Land, & People" Curriculum, as well as the Maine Wild Blueberry Commission's Lesson Kit are also available, along with other materials suggested by Maine Agriculture in the Classroom.