The award-winning Green School program at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden (formerly the Devonian Botanic Garden) immerses children (Grades 4-8) in the natural world for five consecutive school days.
The essence of the program is ‘slow education’ - giving children time and opportunity to observe, hear, smell and touch the natural world, to reflect on their experiences and to make personal connections to nature. Through observation, hands-on inquiry, and guided exploration children are given unique opportunities to engage with their natural environment. Green School builds on a child’s invaluable sense of wonder. Many first-time students are ‘nature-starved’ and have never been in close contact with the natural world.
Imagine your students listening to the birds, feeling the warmth of the sun, or the cool fresh air of a winter day, all as part of their week at school. Given time for reflection, each child can be a part of nature, rather than apart from it. Benefits to students and teachers alike are significant and lasting. An appreciation of the natural world, and their relationship to it, leads students to an understanding of the importance of conservation and biodiversity. Green School sows seeds that participants and their communities will reap for years to come.
Green School is an Inquiring Minds Site School.