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The GrowWELL Garden is an interactive outdoor classroom designed to make connections between edible gardening and nutrition while students learn about growing fruits and vegetables, why pollinators matter, how to compost, and the science of plants.

The GrowWELL Garden features raised beds of seasonal fruits and vegetables, a pollinator garden, compost station, and educational mural. The garden has stadium-style benches and is enclosed by a safety fence.

Plant Parts Detectives

Suggested booking October – December / late April – July

Students will be introduced to plant anatomy (parts) and what plants need for successful growth, as well as getting to explore the seasonal plants and their parts within the GrowWELL Garden. We will introduce scientific plant vocabulary, learn about the seed germination process, the importance of environmental stewardship, and – if time permits – sample different plant parts. This class is an interactive experience, as students will actively engage with the plants and have an opportunity to work in pairs or small groups to build communication and discovery skills.

Grade Levels: Kindergarten – 2nd
Program Length: 60 minutes

Meets Essential Standards K-2:

Exploring the Garden Seasons

Suggested booking October – December / late April – July

The seasons of the year offer different opportunities to grow produce in different parts of the country. Fruits and vegetables often taste better when they are in season. As a gardener or farmer, it’s important to know what grows in our region and what can or cannot be grown at different times of the year. Students will be introduced to regional, North Carolina seasonal produce using hands-on learning techniques. Students will explore the seasons and organization of the garden mural, and engage with the GrowWELL seasonal garden.

Grade Levels: Kindergarten – 5th
Program Length: 30 Minutes

Meets Essential Standards:

Bug Safari

Suggested booking Spring to late Summer

Students will be introduced to the wide variety of both helpful and harmful bugs that exist within the GrowWELL Garden. Using seasonal safari guides, the students will work in pairs or small groups to build communication and discovery skills. Through this lesson students will begin to understand stewardship. It is our responsibility to care for the plants – and that includes bugs! At the same time it is important to be able to identify bugs that are helping the garden by spreading pollen, or hurting the garden by eating the leaves, and how to deal with them.

Grade Levels: Kindergarten – 5th
Program Length: 30 – 45 minutes

Meets Essential Standards:

Produce and Parts

Suggested booking October – December / late April – July

Students will learn more advanced plant anatomy (parts) and what plants need for successful growth, as well as getting to explore the seasonal plants and their parts within the GrowWELL Garden. Additionally, we will introduce scientific plant vocabulary, learn about the seed germination process, the importance of our natural environment, and – if time permits – sample different parts. It is an interactive experience, as students will actively engage with the plants and have an opportunity to work in pairs or small groups to build communication and discovery skills.

Grade Levels: 3rd – 8th
Program Length: 60 minutes

Meets Essential Standards:

Eat the Rainbow

Suggested booking October – December / late April – July

Students will learn how fruits and vegetables provide varied nutrients for our bodies. Additionally, they will discover how each color relates to a different nutritional benefit using the scientific concept of phytonutrients (pigments responsible for the color of fruits and vegetables) and how this concept connects to their broader lives. This is an interactive experience, as students will engage with plants in the garden and work in pairs through a series of group learning activities.

Grade Levels: 3rd – 8th
Program Length: 45 – 60 Minutes

Meets Essential Standards:

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