Archive for October 10th, 2008

School Gardens, 2

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife

Creating school gardens and natural areas for learning and playing is the theme of Get Growing, Keep Going!—a conference planned for educators October 25 at Redeemer Lutheran School in Austin.

It’s for mostly elementary and middle school teachers. And what we hope is to give them tips and we do have the certification to give them professional development.

Kiki Corry, Project Wild Coordinator, says using schoolyard gardens and natural spaces is good education.

I think that there’s research that indicates that children actually prefer natural areas over designed areas. They’re attracted to those wild areas where they can see something completely unpredictable.

Educators attending the October 25 conference will have a chance to get their hands dirty.

(laughs) Some of the sessions, that’s the only way we know how to teach, is to get our hands dirty. So, yes, they’ll be building compost boxes, and garden boxes, and most of the sessions will be active and hands on. And then the facility, itself, Redeemer Lutheran School, has got a tremendous gardening and play area incorporated into one another.

The Get Growing, Keep Going! conference is Saturday, October 25 in Austin at Redeemer Lutheran School. Find more information, registration information and fees at

That’s our show… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

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