A Guide to Growing a School Butterfly Garden

Kathryn Fontenot, Gill, Daniel J., Bush, Edward W.  |  1/4/2017 8:26:43 PM

The benefits of school gardens are numerous and are not restricted to a particular age group. Pre-kindergarten through high school students can work in a garden and learn by doing in that setting. Gardens can accommodate students’ visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning styles. A growing concern is that today’s youth do not spend adequate time outdoors; gardens provide students exposure to true nature – not just photographed nature or nature as depicted on television. Students who work in school gardens learn responsibility for something other than themselves. Working in a garden provides team-building skills. Studies completed by several universities have shown that students who participate in school gardens have higher science scores than those who did not participate in a school garden (Smith, 2003).

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