FAQs for schools

 

Garden Ranger Program (GRP) F.A.Q.s

 How many schools are in the 2016-2017 Garden Ranger Program?

We currently have 70 schools in our 2016-2017 Garden Ranger Program. You can find the list here.

When does the GRP begin and end?

The 2017-2018 Garden Ranger Program will begin after Labor Day (September 4, 2017). The GRP generally ends as late as the last week of school, but we will work around your schedule.

What is included in the GRP?

The GRP includes an apx. 4-hour weekly ranger visit comprised of interdisciplinary, garden-based classes and garden maintenance. We also arrange for a few workdays, participate in or host special events. We provide seeds, seedlings, compost, mulch, irrigation fixes and overall troubleshooting for the garden. We take responsibility for the garden both during the school year and during vacation.  The program places the garden under or umbrella where we from time to time improve and innovate in the garden!

What is the expected contribution for the GRP?

The expected school contribution for a yearlong Garden Ranger Program is $6,900. EnrichLA is able to ask for a reduced contribution from Title 1 schools due to our grant writing efforts. A specific quote will be sent to you.

Will the curriculum always remain the same?

No, we are always hard at work developing new year-long curriculum.

The basic school curriculum includes four units, each with a unique focus.

Unit topics include: (1) School Garden Basics, (2) Healthy Habits, (3) Environmental Stewardship, and (4) Art in the Garden. The School Garden Basics includes the six introductory lessons covering planting, seed sowing, soil, insects, climate and seasons as well as a final lesson on nutrition and harvesting. The three new units are each 6 lessons in length, accompanied by extension lessons to do in the classroom.

The middle and high school curriculum includes a deep exploration of existing life skills, math and science topics, including but not limited to: garden and farm science, plant anatomy, ecosystems, environmental stewardship and nutrition.

Can the teachers drop students at the garden?

No. We kindly insist that teachers participate wholeheartedly with the students in the garden. This ensures two things, one that the learning in the garden is extended beyond the garden time and that students have proper  legal supervision in the garden classroom.

Can we have the GRP during school and after-school hours?

Yes, we want to fit the needs of the school so both as well as a combination of the two options is available though we will not split up the time into two slots.

Will EnrichLA care for the garden over the summer?

Yes, we will schedule a few routine workdays and visits to ensure that the garden looks great when students, teachers and the school community return in August.

Are the gardens organic?

Yes. We also use organic fertilizer and organic compost that is commercially available.

When is the expected contribution due?

We know that funding cycles can be a little tricky, and we try to be flexible. In some cases we may have funding that offsets the total cost. We ask, however, that you provide EnrichLA with an approximate date when we can expect payment.

Are you insured?

Yes, we are insured as per requirements by the School District.