New Curricula Brings Gardening to Pre-Schoolers

By Michael Metallo


Susan Robbins, Gardening With Kids

National Gardening Association


John Fisher
Life Lab Science Program


South Burlington, Vermont (March 5, 2010) - The National Gardening Association (NGA) is proud to introduce Garden Adventures by Sarah Pounders, NGA Youth Education Specialist, and Sowing the Seeds of Wonder by the Education Department of Life Lab Science Program.

"These books are part of NGA's ongoing mission to give educators the tools they need to establish school gardens," said Mike Metallo, President of NGA. "We are committed to the goal of establishing A Garden in Every School and these books reflect NGA's commitment to outstanding plant-based curricula as well as help meet the growing educator demand for support materials to introduce young children to the benefits of gardening."

"Children love the garden and gain a new appreciation for the earth, the food it produces, the beauty of its flowers, and the importance of green plants,″ shares Pamela Didusch, educator at Easter Seals Child Development Center in Pennsylvania ″Respect for our environment, recycling, and our responsibility for Mother Earth are strong themes. The garden generates lots of questions and spurs interest in finding answers"

Garden Adventures
Presenting the garden as an engaging, stimulating, and fun learning environment for preschool children, Garden Adventures includes thoughtful, hands-on activities with full color photographs and illustrations. Each chapter includes horticultural teacher background information, interdisciplinary extension ideas, and a reproducible ″family newsletter″ describing an activity to complete at home. Equally suited for educators who are new to gardening and those who are experienced green thumbs, this inquiry-based book guides children to explore the world around them. 96 pages.

Sowing the Seeds of Wonder
"I love this book!″ exclaims Sharon Lovejoy, author of Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots. ″I intended to browse through it, but got hooked and read it from cover to cover. Early childhood educators will discover a treasure trove of interdisciplinary projects that will kindle the flame of curiosity inside every child."

Through hands-on activities, preschool-aged children will engage all of their senses as they discover the world of gardening through the activities in Sowing the Seeds of Wonder. Lessons guide young students to dig into the soil; observe birds, insects, and other critters in the garden; and enjoy the tastes of fresh fruits and vegetables they plant, harvest, and prepare. 120 pages.

Garden Adventures and Sowing the Seeds of Wonder are available to order now through NGA's Gardening with Kids catalog or online at request a catalog, visit, call 1-800-538-7476 x 115, or e-mail

About Life Lab Science Program

For over 30 years, Life Lab Science Program has been helping educators and students bring learning to life in the garden. The organization helps schools develop gardens where children can create "living laboratories" for the study of the natural world. Based in Santa Cruz, California, Life Lab has worked with 1,400 schools across the United States training tens of thousands of educators.

About NGA

The National Gardening Association (NGA) is a nonprofit leader in plant-based education. For over 35 years NGA's grants and initiatives have funded, informed, and facilitated environmentally aware and healthy children through indoor and outdoor gardening programs in schools, communities, and backyards across the country. For more information, visit

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