In School Programs
Garden Classrooms are 90 minute field trips for students that teach lessons through hands-on and experiential activities. Each field trip uses the garden as a classroom and is aligned with Utah Core Standards for each grade level. Students apply what they’ve learned in school and see it come to life in the garden. We serve a handful of local preschools, all local Kindergarten – 6th grade classes in Grand County ,and also homeschooled students through this hands-on program.
“My students LOVED the YGP field trip. Students loved how interactive it was, the games, getting to see the animals and taste the veggies. I really appreciated how thorough and kind the YGP teachers were.” – Grand County Elementary Teacher, 2020
Middle and High school classes visit and use our facilities for a range of academic subjects and experiences. We’ve designed lessons and adapted garden spaces as a learning tool for each of these classes over the years: Social Studies, Art & Culture, English, Foods & Food Science, Marketing, Biology, Natural Resources, and Nature Art classes.
We also host recurring experiences at the garden for specific classes, including Environmental Science and Urban farming through Grand County Middle School. In Environmental Science, students set up a growing experiment and practice collecting and assimilating data. We also regularly engage with students in Transitions at the High School.
YGP finds new ways to engage students at the garden each year; the possibilities for connecting state standards and curriculum to the garden are truly endless! If you have an idea or want to learn more about using the garden in your curriculum, call 435.259.BEAN or reach out to our Youth Programs Director.
High School Classes
We teach two trimester-long high school classes at the Youth Garden Project: Agriculture in Your Area and Greenhouse Management. Additionally, we love to host Work-Based Learning students through GCHS’s CTE program. We offer four career pathways for Work-Based Learning students: sustainable agriculture, culinary arts, nonprofit management & marketing, and outdoor education. We use the garden as a teaching tool to supplement our students’ learning with engaging and real-world experiences.
“Now that my internship has concluded here at YGP, the career I am going to pursue is in pastry arts so all of the cooking and baking are things that will be the skills I will use in the future. I don’t think I want to go into childcare any longer, but am glad I got the experience working with kids.” – Culinary Arts WBL student, 2019
“[With the skills and knowledge I learned in Agriculture in Your Area] I will involve myself more with cooking and starting my own garden in my own backyard. Seriously though thank you so much for teaching this class I had a ball. Definitely the highlight of my trimester.” – AIYA student, 2020
Harvest of the Month
Harvest of the Month is a garden-to-school program that YGP will be piloting in the 2021 season. Now students won’t have to come to the garden to sample produce they help grow at YGP – the produce will come to them, too!
Our goal with Harvest of the Month is to encourage students to eat locally and nutritiously, try new foods and recipes, and connect them with their local food community by maintaining a consistent presence in our school cafeterias. We will be partnering with Grand County’s Child Nutrition Program to create sample recipes and provide engaging posters and other materials for students and educators about in-season produce.