Engaging Youth in Gardens & Green Spaces
Thursday, April 18 or Saturday, May 25
9:00 AM -1:00 PM (attend only one)
Hosted at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence
Learn to connect kids to the food they eat and the ecosystems and wildlife surrounding them. This workshop is intended for formal educators, pre-service teachers, informal educators, and URI Master Gardeners interested in teaching tools that can be used to combat Nature Deficit Disorder. The three curriculum units are appropriate for use in outdoor and indoor settings and adaptable for grades K-12. Connect your students to nature while achieving academic results in Science, Math and English Language Arts!
Instructors include Vanessa Venturini, URI Outreach Center Youth Education Coordinator, and Melissa Pace, URI Master Gardener and Elementary Educator.
Biodiversity in Urban Gardens
Teach kids to use scientific techniques for collecting insects, tracking mammals, and cataloging the birds and plants that inhabit your garden or green space. With simple identification keys adapted to Rhode Island and inquiry-based lessons, it's easy to motivate your young naturalists. This curriculum was developed in partnership with Rhode Island College, the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, and the Southside Community Land Trust.
How can we connect kids to the growing process from seed starting to harvesting? This unit addresses the importance of local food, introduces the concept of food deserts, and challenges kids to re-think the food system as it exists today. Plant seeds for your school garden while connecting to state standards with URI Master Gardener and Elementary Educator, Melissa Pace. Learn to inspire the next generation of food advocates!
Watersheds and Water Cycle
From raindrop to reservoir, take a closer look at how our everyday actions affect the health of our waterways. Using the EnviroScape® Watershed model, available on loan through the Outreach Center, kids learn to preserve water quality. Go deeper with water quality testing and whole watershed monitoring lesson plans.