From Garden to Classroom Outreach Program
The K-12 From Garden to Classroom outreach program will incorporate environmental stewardship practices presently promoted and used at MUN Botanical Garden.
Topics such as composting, Newfoundland ecology, native plant conservation, climate change, plant taxonomy, habitat enhancement and protection, alien invasive species awareness, waste reduction, and environmental monitoring in a format appropriate to each grade level and curriculum will be presented.
Ongoing input from educators will play a key role in determining the program content. While the core components of this pilot program were determined from teacher feedback received at the Garden during school program presentations (from 1971 to today), the program content will be modified as the needs and skills of both students and teachers are assessed.
Activities and depth of content would reflect the intended audience and curriculum. As an important note, all activities are intended for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy; the same activities can be applied from kindergarten to grade 12. Also, these activities can easily continue in the classroom throughout the year, engaging students often on a daily basis.
Resources, including information pertaining to local plant and animal species and their ecology will be highlighted and scientific techniques and processes will be utilized. Students and teachers could continue to experiment, discover and learn, long after MUN Botanical Garden staff have presented the program. The web-based materials will provide additional support for students and teachers eager to extend the learning.
From Garden to Classroom Outreach Education Program is supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) PromoScience funding program.