A children's garden is part of an ecosystem and provides a wonderful laboratory to explore the ecology and the environment in and around your school or youth organization. Creating a garden is creating a natural community of plant and animal species all of which interact in myriad ways. And that can be part of exciting enhancements to your educational and experiential activities.
The garden can become a gateway to the world of nature where concepts like ecosystems, environments and natural communities have the potential to be understood in meaningful ways. Gardens can provide multiple opportunities to illustrate the interconnectedness of all things and nurture natural curiosity by encouraging children to ask questions and search for answers.
To find out more and to explore creative ideas to bring ecology and the environment into your curriculum and activity plans, see Helpful Resources.