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Glendale Garden: Using the GSG

Glendale School Garden

Welcome to the Glendale Snack Garden: Growing and Nutrition Education

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Participation Level 1

Drive By

cartoon blue car

Intended Audience:

  • Casual Garden Visitors
  • Unplanned visits or visits "on the fly"
  • Surface level exploration

Possible Garden Activities:

  • Supervised breaks for casual observation and enjoyment
  • Supervised sensory breaks
  • Occasional observations for writing, reading, math, science and the arts
  • Snacking in areas dedicated for casual tasting and eating

Benefits:

  • Casual exploration of outdoor garden laboratory
  • Unstructured 
  • Requires little planning
  • Not supported by garden expert

Participation Level 2

Drop In  hot air balloon

 

Intended Audience:

  • Occasional visitors
  • Planned visitors
  • Visitors that occasionally use the garden without a full commitment

Possible Garden Activities:

  • Structured observations tied to curriculum in the classroom (literacy, math, science and the arts)
  • Weather, plant, seasonal observations etc
  • Nature education
  • Snacking in areas intended for casual tasting and eating

Benefits:

  • Using the garden in an outdoor setting
  • Using the garden as outdoor laboratory
  • Using the garden in a planned way, with or without the benefit of the resident experts

 

Participation Level 3

Dig In

garden shovel

 

Intended Audience:

  • Well-planned visits
  • Structured visits

Possible Garden Activities:

  • Curriculum planned well in advance with the assistance of resident garden experts
  • Activities coordinated with expert and/or GSG garden steering committee
  • Activities integrated throughout the school day/week, not just "garden time"
  • Activities could be integrated with REACH class (research, technology integration etc)

Benefits:

  • Opportunity to plan, coordinate with resident garden experts
  • Opportunity to use prearranged "Recipe Garden Kits" 
  • Full seasonal commitment - Plan. Plant. Eat.
  • Right to harvest and eat what class has grown

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