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Nature Is Blooming!
By: Brenda, Director of Education and Volunteers, Audubon Zoo
This morning was the first time that one of our classes was able to enjoy our newly improved outdoor garden classroom. The children were excited to see what was behind the wooden gate and I heard lots of whispers about the “secret garden”. Once inside they were amazed to see all of the plants and flowers, they sampled mulberries from the tree, and then were seated for their lesson on planting their garden.
The garden educator showed them the seeds that they would plant: pumpkin, watermelon and sunflowers. She talked about the roots and parts of the plants, she told them about the work they would have to do to make sure that their plants survived. They all agreed that they could do it.
They would water! They would weed!
Then the educator taught them how to make their own pots out of newspaper. They listened and argued that “origami was too complicated”, but they watched over and over again until they got it (kind of) right and they each made their pot and planted their seeds.
This first plant class today was very important because we used a nature-filled outdoor classroom. Our outdoor classroom was designed to support exploration and a wide range of sensory experiences. I hope that as our outdoor classroom garden grows we bring more and more children to explore it and learn in it.
What another wonderful way to connect our guests to nature!