After a lot of work our learning garden finally opened in 2016! With your help we’re continuing to grow and improve it every year.
Windermere Elementary School has joined hundreds of schools across the country to make a difference by educating children and adults about health, wellness and sustainability through our learning garden. Learning gardens allow children to explore a part of the natural world which they might not get much exposure to in their daily lives. They can also help develop a wide range of both academic and life skills. By planting Florida natives children can learn about our state’s original ecology. There are many benefits of garden-based learning programs!
Our learning garden program is a restricted fund. Money raised for the learning garden through sponsorship or donations will only be used for the learning garden program.
If you would like your children to be able to taste herbs and vegetables grown in the Learning Garden you can consent during student registration at the start of the school year. Produce from the learning garden will sometimes be supplemented with food from local farms and markets.
In order to make the most of our learning garden we need lots of volunteer help. Some of the areas we need volunteers for are:
- Grant writing.
- Volunteer coordinator.
- Vendors, farmers, local chefs, and other guest speakers.
- Garden maintenance and upkeep.
- Ordering plants and supplies.
- Coordinator for composting and worm composting.
These are just some ways to work together efficiently towards a productive learning garden. Some of these tasks are things that can be done from home and others are hands-on in the garden and school. We need your help in and out of the garden!
If you would like to join the garden team please contact [email protected].
Learning Garden Activities
These are just a few of the potential educational activities the Learning Garden can be used for.