Middle School & High School Involvement
The Youth Garden Project works with both the Grand County Middle School & High School to engage teenage students, getting them into the garden to supplement their learning outside of the classroom.
In 2014 the Youth Garden Project developed a Middle School Class Program. Students who participate in the Environmental Science elective at Grand County Middle School come to the garden for the duration of their class period once per week.
Part of the program is setting up a growing experiment where students practice collecting and assimilating data. Aside from conducting experiments, middle school students get hands-on involvement in the life cycle of the garden. From sifting compost, to amending beds, to planting, harvesting, and more, classes in both the spring and the fall become witness to a garden’s cycle.
Over the course of the Youth Garden Project’s history, we have been involved with the High School in a variety of ways. In most recent history, students from different classes have visited the garden and participated in hands-on activities. Photography and art classes practice what they learn in class by capturing the beauty of the garden either with their camera lens or paintbrush. We have also have brought YGP into the classroom, presenting on subjects like compost and doing activities like testing hot peppers.
YGP hopes to expand our involvement with the high school classes and branch out into even more interdisciplinary education opportunities.