The launch of the Earth Day Organic Indoor Learning Garden is a wonderful example of how public‐private partnerships are supporting our schools with innovative resources to teach our children. I encourage companies and individuals to support this innovative learning program.”
-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Goals of the Earth Day Organic Indoor Learning Gardens:
• Provide an interactive teaching resource that can be used in any climate throughout the year.
• Teach the importance of organics and balanced nutrition.
• Get students engaged and excited about healthy foods and gardening.
About the gardens: The gardens consist of a 30”x15”x11” container garden, all of the necessary elements to get a garden up and running (e.g., a grow light, seeds, soil, fertilizer), and a curriculum which we developed in cooperation with our partners. The teaching materials distributed with each garden provide guidance for teachers of all grades to help incorporate the gardens into their curriculum, creating links to their reading, writing, science and math requirements and other lessons. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for educators to integrate lessons focused on sustainability, organic gardening, and nutrition into their regular curricula.
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A thoughtful essay about life in NYC, and our friendships with neighborhood trees.
The Green Team, inspired by attending the Ban the Bag conference in March, wrote letters to our local representative Carolyn Maloney, District 12. Students shared that single-use plastic bags create huge problems for marine life, and a lot of unsightly mess for city dwellers. Green Team members hope that the city can participate in one of the many urban initiatives to phase out single-use plastics. Scientists continue to study the effects of both plastic and plastic manufacturing on ecosystems, endangered species, and the humans that use them.