Gardening with Children

Of the many ways to do the Earth good, perhaps the most far-reaching is to convey to children a sense of love, respect and responsibility for nature’s beauty, power and vulnerability.

We hope you will find this a useful resource in your quest for sustainable organic education resources. Gardening with children is a fantastic resource for
involving childrens’ gardening projects with your own passion. Start them young, and gardening with children will be a fun, rewarding pastime for years to come.
Children’s gardening is a fast growing hobby, shared by children and adults alike.

Composting for Kids
A scripted slide set written and produced by Robert E. (Skip) Richter, CEA-Horticulture, Travis County, Texas Agricultural Extension Service.

apple picking

Gardening for Kids
Children’s gardening site, easy plants to grow, information on plants, kid art, kid critic, links to gardening sites

US Apple Association Kid’s Page
Apples and kids go together naturally! This section has information written just for children about apples and the apple industry.

pickin plants

http://www.niehs.nih.gov/kids/justice.htm
Environmental Justice is the fair treatment of people of all races, cultures and income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, programs and policies.

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/kindergarden/kinder.htm
An introduction to the many ways children can interact with plants and the outdoors.

sweet potato jar small

http://www.kidsgardening.com/
Helping young minds grow!

http://www.pierce.wsu.edu/Nutrition/GWP/index.htm
A 4-H EFNEP Youth Curriculum Teaching Nutrition Through Gardening Education.

Children’s Butterfly Site
emerging butterfly
Coloring pages, answers to frequently asked questions, references to butterfly and moth books and videos suitable for young people, including Butterfly Gardens, Activities with Butterflies, and Teacher Resources.

butterfly…more butterfly stuff !!

mZoo

Microbial Ecology
Go on a safari to discover microscopic organisms and the habitats in which they live. Here you will find tales of amazing microbes and curious environments, stories from the popular press (newspapers, magazines, etc.) related to microbiology and microbial ecology; and listings of books, videos, software, internet sites, magazines, events, and other resources related to microbiology and microbial ecology. PLUS! Profiles of REAL Microbiologists!

Kids Valley Garden
Showing a young child the wonders of vegetable gardening is the second greatest pleasure of the garden. The wonder in their eyes when they dig potatoes and see food popping out of the ground is a joy to behold. In the Kids Valley Garden, Louise Larabie shares her joy of gardening with a lot of kids in the short growing season of Ontario, Canada.

Gardening Projects for Older Children

http://interactive.usask.ca/ski/agriculture/activities/soil.html
These activities are designed for you to study how soil and the environment affects agriculture.

Projects for Children

Give fools their gold and knaves their power. Let fortune’s baubbles rise and fall.
He sows a field or trains a flower or plants a tree, is more than all.
– John Greenleaf Whittier

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