“Nature is our best teacher” is our motto at Learning Gate and our school garden is at the heart of our environmental education program. The school’s beautiful garden is the perfect setting for experiential learning and application of common core standards taught in the classroom.
Our younger students learn about the lifecycle of plants and animals as they explore life in the garden, care for our animals, and hunt for insects. Older students practice measuring, weighing, graphing, and collecting data as they work in our garden every week. Caring for our chickens and rabbit helps the students become more responsible, compassionate, and connected to our world.
At Learning Gate our students gain a solid understanding of where food comes from as they grow and taste a variety of plants. Don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of many of the plants and fruit trees we grow in our garden. Many of our plants are ordered from special nurseries and cannot be found in big box stores. Some examples of these are Jack Fruit, Malabar Spinach, Molokhia, Katuk, African Potato Mint, Seminole Pumpkins, and Jamaican Cherries. If you have a child who is a picky eater you may be surprised to discover he/she is trying new things that are grown in our garden. There is something special about growing and harvesting your own food that makes it taste better than anything you can buy. In our school garden students learn about nutrition and develop healthy eating habits that will hopefully last a lifetime.
Our garden program strives to promote environmental responsibility as we teach organic methods of farming. We reduce our school’s lunchroom waste by composting fruit and veggie scraps and turning them into rich nutrients for the soil. Students learn about the role of producers, consumers, and decomposers in the food web as they work the compost.
At Learning Gate we recognize that our students are the future. We hope the roots they put down here will help them make the world a better place, as they become tomorrow’s leaders!