Tip from KaBOOM: In our experience, around 30 percent of confirmed build volunteers will stay home for various reasons. So always recruit more people than you need! (But be prepared for a full turnout, just in case.) To maximize your volunteer turnout, follow these three easy steps: (1) Don’t be satisfied with verbal commitments…make volunteers sign on the dotted line! (2) Try pre-assigning each person to a specific task. (3) Be sure to make confirmation calls the week before the build; tell people what to wear and remind them that there will be free food, drinks and fun!
Build Day Matrix Should Include:
# of volunteers
GrowLab® Activities for Growing Minds will help spark students’ curiosity about plants and invite them to think and act like scientists. Developed by the National Gardening Association and written and field-tested by educators, this complete curriculum uses fun, illustrated activities to explore plant life cycles, examine plant diversity, and investigate the interdependence of plants, humans, and other living and nonliving things. It’s a must for any plant-based studies! The curriculum meets National Science Standards for grades K-8.
Classrooms using GrowLab indoor gardens and GrowLab curriculum scored significantly higher than control classrooms in students’ understanding of key life science concepts and science inquiry skills.
National Gardening Association (1992)
“Garden Mosaics, a program funded by the National Science Foundation, combines science learning with intergenerational mentoring, multicultural understanding, and community service. The program’s mission is ‘connecting youth and elders to explore the mosaics of plants, people, and cultures in gardens, to learn about science, and to act together to enhance their community.’ The program resources include and interactive DVD for educators with live footage of students conducting learning activities, a series of science fact and activity sheets, and a manual for educators. In addition to instructions for how to conduct activities, the manual includes evaluation tips and assessment activities….Students share the results and photos of their investigations on the Garden Mosaics Website…” – Anne Marie Kennedy and Marianne E. Krasny ‘Garden Mosaics’, March 2005
“RebelTomato.com was created in 2007 by the American Community Gardening Association with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture community food projects grants.
This site was created as a resource for people involved in youth gardening – garden leaders, educators, teachers and, most of all, youth themselves. The site is designed to serve as a one-stop-shop for useful, interesting information about youth gardening, and features several interactive components that are designed to get people exited and talking about gardening.”
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