Windermere Elementary School has joined hundreds of schools across the country making a difference 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 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!
If you would like your children to be able to taste herbs and vegetables grown in our 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 organic 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 us at garden[email protected].
Calling all Learning Garden volunteers!
It’s time to start the school year with some garden cleanup! The main learning garden, native garden, and butterfly garden need a little extra love after enduring the summer months. Please come help us prep our garden beds and spruce up the butterfly garden. No experience needed, and no amount of time donated is too small!
Students can help until first bell; parents and other volunteers are welcome until we’re finished!