Author(s): Renata Fossen Brown
A refreshing source of ideas to help your children learn to grow their own patch of earth, Gardening Lab for Kids encourages children to get outside and enjoy nature. This fun and creative book features 52 plant-related activities set into weekly lessons, beginning with learning to read maps to find your heat zone, moving through seeds, soil, composting, and then creating garden art and appreciating your natural surroundings. Author Renata Fossen Brown guides your family through fun opportunities learning about botany, ecology, the seasons, food, patience, insects, eating, and cooking. The labs can be used as singular projects or to build up to a year of hands-on outdoor experiences. The lessons in this book are open-ended to be explored over and over-with different results each time! Garden Lab for Kids is the perfect book for creative families, friends, and community groups and works as lesson plans for both experienced and new gardeners. Children of all ages and experience levels can be guided by adults and will enjoy these engaging exercises. So, slip on your muddy clothes, and get out and grow!
'beautifully presented, and the ideas are lovely' Historic Gardens Review
As Associate Director of Education, RENATA FOSSEN BROWN (Cleveland, OH) oversees the thousands of school children visiting Cleveland Botanical Garden yearly, as well as the development and implementation of teacher professional development workshops. She assisted in the planning and facilitating of a 10-day teacher workshop that traveled to Costa Rica to study biodiversity. Brown is involved in the writing of interpretation and exhibit graphics at the Garden and served as president of the Cleveland Regional Council of Science Teachers. Brown holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Toledo and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Bradley University, in Peoria, Illinois. She is certified to teach grades 7-12 science, and has been active in informal science education since 1993. As Assistant Curator of Education at the Toledo Zoo, Brown was responsible for all educational programs occurring on Zoo grounds, as well as researching and writing for their Emmy award winning television show, "Zoo Today." Creating and implementing their very first Earth Day Celebration is a task of which she is particularly proud. She continued her education role, while adding volunteer coordinator duties while working at Luthy Botanical Garden in Peoria, Illinois. A native Clevelander, Renata Fossen Brown gladly returned home in 2004 after a 15 year absence. She was named the Garden's Clara DeMallie Sherwin Chair in Education in December 2004. She is usually surrounded in her yard by her three dogs and prefers natives and perennials over annuals any day. She is particularly in love with purple coneflower.
UNIT 1: Garden Basics UNIT 2: Getting Started LAB 1: Seeds in a Bag LAB 2: Garden Design LAB 3: Planting Spring Seeds LAB 4: Egg Carton Seed Starting LAB 5: Make a Garden Tool Tote LAB 6: Garden Design Using Catalogs LAB 7: Make Your Own Seed Tape LAB 8: Soil Percolation LAB 9: Make a Rain Gauge LAB 10: Make a Sprinkler LAB 11: Plant a Tree Unit 3: Theme Gardening LAB 12: Butterfly Garden LAB 13: Fairy Garden LAB 14: Three Sisters Garden LAB 15: Shoe Garden LAB 16: Tropical Porch Container LAB 17: Table Top Color Wheel LAB 18: Mini Pizza Garden LAB 19: Salsa Garden LAB 20: Herb Spiral LAB 21: Potato Tire Tower UNIT 4: Green Gardening LAB 22: Pollinator Palace LAB 23: Wee Worm Bin LAB 24: Toad Abode LAB 25: Rain Barrels LAB 26: Make a Compost Bin LAB 27: Make a Cold Frame LAB 28: Bug Scavenger Hunt LAB 29: Make a Bird Feeder LAB 30: Make a Desert Terrarium LAB 31: Nesting Material Apparatus UNIT 5: Garden Art LAB 32: Stepping Stones LAB 33: Wind Chimes LAB 34: Make Your Own Plant Labels LAB 35: Soup Can Luminaries LAB 36: Make a Sweet Pea Teepee LAB 37: Hypertufa Planter LAB 38: Make a Birdbath LAB 39: Playing with Pots LAB 40: Rock Bugs LAB 41: Clay Pot Water Fountain UNIT 6: Enjoying Your Garden LAB 42: Make a Garden Journal LAB 43: Garden Poetry LAB 44: A Place to Rest LAB 45: Grow a Garden Fort LAB 46: Sleepy Herb Sachets LAB 47: Make a Plant Press LAB 48: Grassy Garden Gnomes LAB 49: Flower Arrangement LAB 50: Garden Magnet LAB 51: Garden Gift Bag LAB 52: Seed Mosaic Note Card Contributors About the Author Acknowledgments