School Gardening in San Diego County
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Once you log in, there are numerous topics to investigate further. They cover siting, design, soil, composting, planting,maintenance, and curriculum.
The University of California Master Gardeners of San Diego County have also organized volunteers to act as consultants for school gardens.
What is a Master Gardener School Garden Consultant?
Master Gardeners trained by the University of California Cooperative Extension are volunteers who provide information on home gardening and pest management to county residents. Some Master Gardeners promote garden-based learning by serving as school garden consultants. The consultant’s role is to mentor teachers and parents who request help with beginning or improving their school gardens. All Master Gardeners have been finger-printed and have passed background screening by the California Department of Justice.
By encouraging and supporting a garden in every school, we create opportunities for our children to discover fresh food, make healthier food choices, and become better nourished.
Gardens offer dynamic, beautiful settings in which to integrate every discipline, including science, math, reading, environmental studies, nutrition, and health. Such interdisciplinary approaches cultivate the talents and skills of all students while enriching the students' capacities of observation and thinking.
Young people can experience deeper understanding of natural systems and become better stewards of the Earth by designing, cultivating, and harvesting school gardens with their own hands.
School garden projects nurture community spirit, common purpose, and cultural appreciation by building bridges among students, school staff, families, local business, and organizations.
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To help reconnect today's children to the outdoors, the National Wildlife Federation assists schools in developing outdoor classrooms called Schoolyard Habitats®, where educators and students learn how to attract and support local wildlife. These wildlife habitats become places where students not only learn about wildlife species and ecosystems, but also outdoor classrooms where they hone their academic skills and nurture their innate curiosity and creativity.