Gardens for Growing Community connects people and nature, fostering pathways that lead to a healthy, healing
and empowering relationship.

We envision thriving school gardens, forests and other natural spaces that serve as experiential learning centers for youth, and as places where people of all ages, with diverse backgrounds, capabilities and challenges may come together to
support and encourage each other while practicing natural resource conservation and growing food.

 Our mission supports the integration of environmental stewardship into K - 12 education, and encourages young people to become active and literate stewards of their community's natural assets. We offer nature- and standards-based programming, social and ecological learning experiences, a strong peer-to-peer network, and a workforce qualified to maintain outdoor classrooms. With our support teachers, students and people with diverse challenges are empowered to grow, learn, nurture nature and
work together to build healthier lives and stronger communities.

"To inspire meaningful change, you must make a connection to the heart
before you make connection to the mind."
- George Couros

After a school year full of "Green Team" activities outside, students share how the experience affected their opinion of Nature.
What did we do to "light a fire" under students? This video shares a story of project-based learning and how it was used to stretch young minds into connecting forest management and leadership.
In this student-produced video, Ms. Cooper's Earth Sciences class is stenciling storm water drains on the school campus, part of studying  the water cycle, watersheds and stormwater management.
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