The young naturalist component develops a student’s observation skills by giving them the time and tools to investigate the natural areas of our school, including our garden. Students measure and chart plant growth, interact with various insects and wild life they encounter and gain a deeper understanding of their role in protecting these environments, and ultimately the Earth.
Our organic garden is planted, maintained and harvested completely by the students in the program. Learning about plants and gardening can help preschoolers develop empathy for the environment. Gardening is also a fun, healthy activity that most preschoolers are likely to enjoy. Students learn about different plants and what goes into making a garden, while gaining an understanding and appreciation for conservation. Students help compost organic food waste from lunch and snacks, as well as harvest rainwater from our water barrel. The soil and water are then used to feed, nourish and grow the garden. Students learn to care for and respect the very plants that eventually provide us with food.