Our Garden Rangers deliver our interdisciplinary garden-based education program that allows students to learn in a wonderful outdoor classroom- the garden! Our program offers students six introductory lessons about their school garden. Our program schedule allows all students in K-12 to visit the garden throughout the year. Students learn about the rules in the garden and develop their own, fun garden names. They also explore the garden and help it grow by planting new seedlings. Students learn about the different soil types and which type is in their school garden. Students explore the beneficial and harmful insects that live in their school garden. Climate and Seasons: Students explore the Los Angeles’ ecosystem and the types of weather conditions that different plants prefer. Students learn about the anatomy of a plant and learn to identify which part of the plant we commonly eat. Students work together to harvest and prepare food from the garden. The students care for and maintain the garden. This is the ultimate lesson. They can control the space through their efforts. Our Rangers blog about their work every week. Here are the latest.

Water and Bugs! at 20th Street

Water and Bugs! at 20th Street

All of this recent rain left our garden a bit flooded. We had to move classes indoors but that didn’t stop us from having fun and learning a lot. We covered friends and foes that can be found in the garden. The students helped me share the names and pictures of the insects. We discussed…

6 Parts of the Plant at 42nd Street

6 Parts of the Plant at 42nd Street

In this lesson we covered the six parts of the plant which include; root, stem, leaf, flower, fruit and seed. We talked about the different parts of the plant that we can eat on various plants. We then took a closer look at different kinds of seeds and how much they can vary in size….

Intro and Icebreakers

Intro and Icebreakers

A new group of gardeners joined us today at 10th Street! We covered the rules of garden and took a tour of our beautiful beds. The students particularly enjoyed our gorgeous blooming sunflowers. We also played an icebreaker where we introduced ourselves with our first name followed by the name of a plant found in…

Exploring Soil at South Gate Middle 

Exploring Soil at South Gate Middle 

We’ve been having mad fun over at South Gate while their usual Ranger Yancy is on paternity leave. We’ve learned a lot about soil and the kids went to all four corners of the garden searching for rich soil and poor soil(dirt). They learned that soil is alive and dirt is dead, and learned the…

Twas a lucky day at Vine St Elementary

Twas a lucky day at Vine St Elementary

For a St Patrick’s Day activity the students at Vine St Elementary got to clear a clover bed. Four, yes four, students found four leaf clovers!!! A seeds comparison showed sizes vary greatly yet similar anatomy exists throughout. Fresh spinach and avocado was a great green treat. – Ranger Dan

The Diversity of Soil

The Diversity of Soil

Today we got very dirty at Mount Washington Elementary. We dug our hands in all different types of soil. Sand, Clay, Loam, and Compost – and by the end of the class the students could tell me exactly which kind of soil was the best for plants to grow in, and what good soil consists…

Spirals on Spirals on Spirals!

Spirals on Spirals on Spirals!

At Mount Washington we learned how art, science, and nature are all connected through Fibonacci’s sequence and finding spirals in nature. First we learned the sequence of numbers, and drew out the pattern on graph paper as we discovered it formed a spiral. We spent the rest of the class in the garden searching for…

Nature Mandalas

Nature Mandalas

To compliment our lesson on Fibonacci’s sequence, and spirals in nature, we created mandalas based on a our favorite spiral we found in the garden. Each of the students got a circular drawing board and went on a search for the fractal patterns throughout the garden. We had a wide range of mandalas based on…

Nature, Will you Be my Valentine?

Nature, Will you Be my Valentine?

In celebration of valentines day we each wrote our own love letters to nature. Each of the students designed a card made by leaf printing different found objects in the garden and wrote a beautiful note to their most beloved part about nature. There were a range of subjects. Some children wrote to the Earth,…

The Interconnectedness of Art, Science, and Nature

The Interconnectedness of Art, Science, and Nature

At Eagle Rock Elementary we learned how art, science, and nature are all connected through Fibonacci’s sequence and finding spirals in nature. First we learned the sequence of numbers, and drew out the pattern on graph paper as we discovered it formed a spiral. We spent the rest of the class in the garden searching…

Daily dose of Leafy Greens at Lassen St. Elementary

Daily dose of Leafy Greens at Lassen St. Elementary

There is SO much to know about gardening!  Every where you turn there is lesson to be had in nutrition, soil science, climate, water cycles, pest control, art, biology and beyond!   I often have trouble synthesizing all the information I want to impart on these young minds in just 6 short weeks.  But, alas,…

Lunch in the Garden – Fleming

Lunch in the Garden – Fleming

If you follow Fleming’s posts here at EnrichLA, you are getting more familiar with these students and how much they cherish their garden space. So much that they go grab lunch and run way back to the garden just to eat in the zen of it all. I will admit that these school lunches need…

The coolest kids on campus – South Gate middle

The coolest kids on campus – South Gate middle

Of course every kid is cool in their own special unique way…… BUUUUUT, it’s hard to compete with kids who make a book called the book of bookness – and inside it is their project on veggies! This is so cool! This is such a great idea, they have researched facts about the veggies and…

Greens and Things – Dominguez high

Greens and Things – Dominguez high

Harvesting our greens mix which consists of mustard greens mix, arugala mix, red leaf lettuce and even some spinach.   The garden is booming this time of year, still a bit cold but the plants are already coming out of their hiding spots to show the beauty of their unique flowers. Here we have nasturtiums…

Sunny South Gate – South Gate middle

Sunny South Gate – South Gate middle

These amazing kids at South Gate middle school. So, this week was all about awareness and observations. Observations about what’s going on around them about what’s going on in the garden and how they feel that all is connected.. We took a big chunk of time finding beneficials and pests, spirals of life and of…