Early Start in Science- how schoolyard learning gardens can support science literacy in urban communities

Jane Hirschi, Executive Director, City Sprouts, Boston (USA)

The workshop will present the preliminary findings of the CitySprouts Early Start in Science initiative for ages 4-10, a science learning program in 20 urban American elementary schools. CitySprouts is a school garden program partnering with two urban school districts in Massachusetts.

CitySprouts has intentionally and consistently focused on providing its programs in schools where the majority of students are economically disadvantaged and/or students of colour.

Early Start in Science will reach approximately 3,150 Kindergarten-5th grade students in Boston and Cambridge public schools. The project is externally evaluated by Sun Associates, an organization experienced working with schools and school districts throughout the US to evaluate the impact of educational initiatives and innovations.

Who should attend?

Early Years and Primary

About Jane

The CitySprouts mission is to cultivate wonder for all children with hands-on learning through urban gardening. Since 2001, CitySprouts has been partnering with public elementary and middle schools in Boston and Cambridge to open the door to hands-on science education through the schoolyard learning garden. Our in-school and out-of-school time programs reach thousands of children from preschool through middle school years to level the learning field for children growing up in economically stressed neighborhoods. Jane Hirschi, CitySprouts founder and executive director, is a charter member of ISGA.

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