Environmental stewardship, personal wellness, and applied science for student gardeners caring for their school grounds.
Children today on average play outside only 4 hours a week. In Flagstaff, we like to think that our kids are spending more time outdoors exploring and seeking adventures, but many children in our community either don't have the opportunity or don't have family encouragement to spend time outdoors. Kids need access to quality experiential and environmental education regardless of their socio-economic status or access to open space. Through our School Garden Program, Terra BIRDS provides gardening education on school grounds for Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD) students grades K-12, focusing on themes of sustainability, stewardship, and community wellness.
school gardens grow healthy kids
Terra BIRDS’ School Garden Program meets the physical, cognitive, and social needs of students by providing kids with much needed access to quality experiential and environmental education. Studies have shown that garden-based learning positively impacts student health and nutrition. Children who are familiar with growing their own food tend to eat more fruits and vegetables, are more likely to continue healthy eating habits through adulthood. Active learning in less structured, participatory spaces like gardens is more likely to transform children’s food attitudes and habits and school gardening encourages healthier lifestyle choices.