Garden/Natural Sciences Teacher and Landscape Designer
Local schools and self-employed
I'm convinced that public school systems are presently designed to nurture only a fraction of the learning and developmental needs of children. Connecting kids to nature is one of the ways in which we can fulfill these needs...I speak of the "needs" to communicate effectively, cooperate, listen, solve conflict, think creatively in solving problems, peaceful and creative expression, and to have basic appreciation of and knowledge of survival skills of growing food, building shelter, and other age-old technologies.
I've help start school gardens, community gardens, and I've taught in schools and within community networks. I've worked in team-building and in community building. By joining I hope to become more aware of innovative programs, ideas and actions that others are taking.
Hi Mollyanne! Warm welcome to C&NN Connect. I'm glad you found us and hope you make yourself at home in discussions and groups. I really enjoyed reading your bio and know you'll have a lot to offer the forum, in addition to meeting kindred spirits.
Our Natural Teachers Network will probably interest you, among others. That's one of the places where I've seen discussions of gardens in schools. There are a lot more places where you'll find relevant discussions and community. I hope you'll share your activities ideas and photos with us and find this a rich source of resources. Hope to see you here again soon. (I love Sonoma, by the way. I'm in Marin.)