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.

New Succulent Garden – Fleming

New Succulent Garden – Fleming

Its pretty cool when you come to teach a school who has already been learning by the hands-on approach, in the garden. When I first got to Fleming, the kids were just starting their small cuttings of different plant material. Over the weeks I watched these kids tend to the cuttings in the classroom. And…

Spring is Among us – Dominguez high

Spring is Among us – Dominguez high

sSpring is on the horizon and the plants oblige! The students didn’t mind the rain but they love the sunny vibes. The bees are on the broccoli. Except the one that stalked me. Spring is well on the way. Shew fly. Don’t bother me. I’m waiting patient for the buzz of my friend the Bee….

Welcome to the Garden at 42nd Street!

Welcome to the Garden at 42nd Street!

Today we welcomed a new group of gardeners! We started the session with an introduction to the garden and the garden rules. We talked about the importance of respect and kindness while in the garden. We also took a tour of the garden which led to the discovery of mushrooms in the garden beds. We…

Bountiful Harvest at 10th Street

Bountiful Harvest at 10th Street

Today was harvest day!! After a brief lesson on harvesting the students helped me prepare a delicious snack with all kinds of good stuff harvested from the garden. We made a salad with grated cauliflower, yellow tomatoes, bell peppers, chives and peas all harvested form our garden! The only ingredients not grown in the garden…

Now Plants at 20th Street!

Now Plants at 20th Street!

We finally got some seedlings planted and thriving here at 20th Street! My fifth grade class we ecstatic to get their hands dirty to help out. We now have beans, spinach, onions, peas, beets, purple kale and peppers growing. The students also learned about various soils we can find in the garden and which is…

Time for a Bug Hunt!

Time for a Bug Hunt!

The 3rd grade students went on a bug hunt in the garden to learn about friends and foes. Where they live, what they eat, and if they help our garden flourish or if they cause more harm than good. The kids were most interested in getting their hands dirty and digging their hands in the…

Butterflies and colorful leaves

Butterflies and colorful leaves

West Vernon Elementary students gat a special treat. The delicious colorful leaves aren’t the only things growing in the garden; several students witnessed a butterfly exiting it’s chrysalis during garden maintenance. The lesson on soil paled in comparison to the friendly butterfly. – Ranger Dan

Harvest and weeding day!

Harvest and weeding day!

Our second to last class on Monday March 13th, and the kids and I have realized we are close to an end for our garden classes. Monday was all about weeds and exploring what things were growing in the garden. I did a quick talk about weeds, and how some can actually be native to…

Rain Rain Don’t Go Away

Rain Rain Don’t Go Away

Another rainy day at Mt. Washington Elementary. And what better way to enjoy the much needed precipitation than to learn about the water cycle! Precipitation, Flow, Evaporation, Condensation. We even made some awesome dance moves to go along with each part of the cycle.

The Importance of Friends and Foes!

The Importance of Friends and Foes!

We spent time learning about Friends and Foes at Eagle Rock Elementary. The kids got to learn about many different species that are in the garden, and which ones benefit our plants and which ones harm our plants. Even though we may not like the foes as much, we also recognize that we need them…

New Garden at 20th Street

New Garden at 20th Street

Thanks to LA Kings and Melissa’s we finally had our first day of garden lessons at 20th Street Elementary! The garden is still a bit barren but the students and I will fix that in no time! Today we covered garden rules and vocabulary. – Ranger Cat

When should I plant my plant?

When should I plant my plant?

Today’s lesson was all about seasons! The students learned that although there are four seasons, gardeners and/or farmers follow two seasons, the warm and cool season. Plants have a preferred season and thrive when it’s their favorite season. For example, it is possible for tomatoes to grow during the cool season however they do best…

Square Foot Gardening

Square Foot Gardening

At Gardner, we appreciate the use of math in the garden. We learned to read a seed packet and talked about converting inches to feet. Everyone received one square foot of space in the garden, and decided how to plant their 2 packs of seeds. We finished our math, and went to planting. It won’t…

Harvest Time

Harvest Time

This was the last day of garden for this group of students. Although they were sad to go it was still a lovely class. They learned all about harvest seasons and how to know when plants are ripe enough to be harvested. The students also got to take home a seed of their own to…

Seeds

Seeds

Students had their lesson on seeds. All plants need certain things to grow, including: room to grow, the right temperature, light, water, air, nutrients, and time. With this in mind, students planted seedlings of corn, squash and flowers. students helped water, spread compost around the plants, and kept the garden clean.