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Garden Experiences and "Aha" Moments: Connecting Youth to Science, Stewardship, and Health

Research studies have found that students enjoy learning environmental science concepts in a hands-on, active, and experiential way, and outdoor components add depth and meaning to their indoor learning activities. Washington Youth Garden (WYG), a program of Friends of the National Arboretum, has developed programs based on published research, our own participant feedback, ongoing data collection, and third party evaluation. Our garden-based programs nurture curious minds and healthy bodies by connecting children and youth to food, the land, and each other. 


N. Mercer, Friends of the National Arboretum,Washington, District of Columbia

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