The Youth Garden Project’s Youth Programs are designed to meet the needs in the community and each program incorporates the following principles:
- Encourage academic learning through hands on activities.
- Develop practical, vocational and life skills.
- Provide opportunities to serve and interact in our community.
- Cultivate a safe and nurturing place for youth to interact.
- Promote ecological awareness and responsibility.
Explore all of our youth programs below.
Youth Camp Programs provide safe, fun, and educational camps during spring break and summer vacation for youth entering 1st grade through 6th grade.
After School Program
A place where students explore and get creative in the garden. We host two sessions per week for 2nd-4th graders throughout the spring and the fall.
Garden Classrooms are Field Trips for K-6th grade students that teach curriculum-based science lessons through hands-on activities in the garden.
We work with both the Middle School & High School to engage teenage students and to supplement their learning with experiential educational activities.
Garden Classrooms are Field Trips for K-6th grade students that teach curriculum-based science lessons through hands-on activities. Each field trip uses the Garden as a classroom and is aligned with the Utah Core Curriculum for each grade level. Every K-6th grade class in Grand County’s HMK Elementary School and the Moab Charter School participate in two field trips each year, one in the Fall and one in the Spring.
Garden Classroom lessons include:
- The Scientific Method
- The Five Senses
- Plant Parts
- Heat, Light, and Plants
After School Programs
The YGP after school program is a place where students explore and get creative in the garden. We host two sessions per week for 2nd-4th graders throughout the spring and the fall. Over the winter, we host one session per week. Students participate in a variety of activities that include: finding bugs, harvesting and planting, cooking, exploring various art forms, and of course, a good dose of games and free play!
For any questions on YGP’s after school program, e-mail our Program Manager, or call the office at 435.259.2326.
Middle School & High School
In 2014, the Youth Garden Project began partnering with the Environmental Science class at Grand County Middle School. Students in this class come to the garden for one 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, students become involved in the garden’s growing cycle through sifting compost, amending beds, planting, harvesting, and more.
Over the course of the Youth Garden Project’s history, we have been involved with the Grand County High School in a variety of ways. In most recent years, students from different classes visit the garden and participate in curriculum relevant 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. A Biology class participates in a scavenger hunt during their winter trimester and the Family and Consumer Science class has learned about compost and the Scoville scale.
If you are a teacher and interested in bringing your class to the Youth Garden Project, please contact our Program Manager.