What is Garden Science?
Garden Science is our School Garden Partnership Program. We commit to working with low-income schools in the Washington, DC region for a minimum of 3-5 years as they grow and establish an integrated school garden that serves as an outdoor science classroom, a living nutrition lab, and a creative space to get in touch with nature. Our partnership follows a three-tier approach. This year, we’re partnering with FoodCorps to provide more on-site staffing at all of our school gardens.
How can my school participate?
Due to the significant staff and financial investment required to partner with a school, we only work with one new school annually. If you are interested and 75% or more of your students qualify for Free or Reduced Price Lunch, please complete this application.
What’s so special about the Washington Youth Garden’s program?
- We’re local. The Washington Youth Garden demonstration site in the US National Arboretum has been serving schools in DC for over 40 years and we respect and listen to the needs of this community. We know what grows well here and what engages our students.
- We’re loyal. We’ve seen many gardens built and deserted for want of consistent support; we know that school staff is busy and needs adequate training and extra hands to fully utilize an outdoor laboratory. We are committed to the school until it can fully fund, utilize, and maintain its outdoor learning space.
- We’re experts. Washington Youth Garden staff is enthusiastic, passionate and experienced in garden-based education. We provide trainings for School Garden Coordinators and teachers looking to get their students outside and learning in the garden. We are aligned with current standards. More importantly, we are constantly working with students of all ages, so our school garden program consultation is grounded in our day-to-day educational experiences.
What kind of impact do the School Gardens have on students?
This question has been answered before by professional evaluators with larger population sample sizes–so check that out first! We are also in the midst of our own evaluation project and we’ll update you soon on our findings.
Who are your partner schools?
Center City Public Charter School Trinidad Campus (Ward 5)
Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys (Ward 8)
KIPP Webb Campus (Ward 5)
Friendship Public Charter School Woodridge Campus (Ward 5)
Hendley Elementary School (Ward 8)
Smothers Elementary School (Ward 7)
Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy Public Charter School (Ward 5)
John Burroughs Education Campus (Ward 5)
Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School (Ward 5)