THE CHILDREN’S GARDEN PROJECT
OVERVIEW: The Children’s Garden is a
part of the Gardens of the Canyons. This project was inspired by
current research that reveals an increased disconnect between children
and their experiences in nature. This lack of exposure to nature
creates serious implications directly affecting the developing child.
The educators working with young children at the Center for Early
Childhood Education aspire to instill the sense of wonder and knowledge
of the natural world. The children’s gardens and garden activities
connect them with nature and provide meaningful learning opportunities
throughout the curriculum.
MISSION STATEMENT: The Children’s
Garden will engage children, parents, students, and staff and community
in a continuous learning process and raise awareness and appreciation of
nature by infusing curriculum with experiential learning of the
life-cycle of a garden. The Children’s Garden will be a model in nature
education for parents, early childhood educators/students.
bring focus to childhood health and nutrition.
provide contextual learning opportunities about the importance of
healthy eating, how the life cycle is connected, and how produce is
facilitate children’s developmental processes of learning through
math, science, literacy and social/emotional skills; as well as
problem solving and teamwork.
educate about sustainability and its importance in the world.
create and sustain wildlife habitats.
provide an outdoor environment for Early Childhood Education students to experience
teaching strategies to incorporate into lesson plans for working
with young children.
provide opportunities for the campus community to collaborate and
assist with sustaining the garden projects needs.
The Children’s Garden Project includes two phases.
The first phase: establishing The Children’s Garden. The
second phase includes: a) Butterfly Garden; and b) Teaching
Demonstration Children’s Garden.
The Children’s Gardens are the renovation and
creation of Gardens within each of the existing play yards on the
Valencia and Canyon Country campuses. These garden areas will extend the
learning opportunities in the children’s yards offering experiential
opportunities in year round organic gardening and appreciation of
The future Butterfly Garden will be located on the
hillside in east of the Early Childhood Education Center on the Valencia campus and will incorporate plantings that attract the
migration of the monarch, painted lady and other butterflies. The
Butterfly Garden will provide the experience of a Natural Habitat
and life cycle indigenous to our local.
Teaching Demonstration Garden:
The future Teaching Demonstration Garden will be a
part of the Gardens of the Canyons Campus Community Garden on the Valencia campus.
The Teaching Demonstration Garden will provide the opportunity for
children, parents, students, and staff to develop knowledge and skills in scientific inquiry in a
meaningful context that encourages exploration and discovery with the
Experiences will provide hands-on learning about nature, nutrition and
Gardens of the Canyons and Nature Walk:
Please visit the Gardens of the Canyons and
Nature Walk to learn more about our beautiful campus gardens.