The Q&A Archives: Children and Gardening

Question: Do you have articles and books on the effect of nature and gardening on "at risk" children such as those with behavioral problems or those that live in the inner city?

Answer: National Gardening Association Guide to Kids' Gardening, by Lynn Ocone and Eve Pranis, has background information and descriptions of successful children's programs. (Note, however, that most of the book give hands-on, detailed information on howto successful start a youth gardening program.) (148 pgs., list price $14.95)<br><br>NGA also publishes National Science Foundation-funded GrowLab materials, including a K-8 curriculum guide and a horticulture guide for teachers. And we publish a newsletter called Growing Ideas: A Journal of Garden-Based Learning that focuses on school gardening programs and inquiry learning. For further information on specific articles or other resources, contact the Education Department by e-mail at or phone at 800-538-7476.<br><br>Other programs that might be of interest to you include Food Works, 64 Main St., Montpelier, VT 05602, ph# 802-223-1515 and Life Lab Science Program, ph# 408-459-2001, web site: <br><br>Finally, you might check out the periodical Green Teacher, based in Toronto, Ontario; ph# 416-960-1244, web site: They might be able to direct you to specific articles on the subject.<br><br>I hope this is helpful!

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