According to a 2018 study, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) now impacts 1 in 40 children in the United States. Therapeutic engagement with gardening and garden-based activities is one type of intervention currently being explored for children and youth with ASD. This resource provides design tips to consider when planning a garden space for youth with ASD. View Resource »
You don’t need a lot of space to start a pollinator garden. Even a few containers of flowers can attract hungry bees and butterflies. To plan a pollinator garden, students will need to know the basic needs of wildlife — food, water, shelter, and places to rear young. This guide will help you and your students learn about native pollinators and their habitat needs, and collect the necessary information for creating such a habitat in your schoolyard. View Resource »
With their incredible diversity of shapes, sizes, colors, scents, and textures, plants offer limitless options for designing a garden to engage the all the senses. This guide provides tips for creating a special garden space that will allow you and your young gardeners to explore through sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing. View Resource »
This resource resource was created to help source, menu, credit, and use more traditional foods in school meal programs. The Toolkit features native and traditional foods to include in school menus, new recipes for schools use, menu planning support, and procurement information. View Resource »
This comprehensive project (designed for 5th graders) incorporates concepts of plant physiology, companion planting, ecology, history, and ethnobotany. It links to Next Generation Science Standards and is written to span two school years, but concepts could be adapted for shorter lessons. View Resource »
A similar lesson for younger students can be found here.
Want to cook with your Three Sisters harvest? Here’s a recipe!