School Garden Volunteers
Gardens are thriving and growing at many Hawai‘i Island schools, and many hands are needed! Volunteers work alongside students to help maintain the gardens, sometimes in the outdoor kitchen cooking, and can also help teachers turn the experience into valuable lessons in science, nutrition, and environmental education. School garden volunteers are very important to the overall success of our island programs, helping to lead a small group, thus providing greater opportunities for the children to experience hands-on education. Your time is valuable, so from an hour a week to 50 hours a month we value all volunteers.
If you are interested in volunteering at a school near you please e-mail Donna Mitts who will help connect volunteers with school gardens contacts and provide orientation and training as needed.
School Gardens are stimulating, inviting, and beautiful spaces that encourage a child’s learning across subject matters, and are as diverse as the 60+ elementary/middle/high school communities that are part of the Network. Each garden is a unique outdoor classroom designed to provide hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for K-12. This real-world learning can be integrated into all academic subject areas and has been shown to benefit children by boosting academic achievement, nurturing healthy lifestyles, cultivating life skills, and promoting environmental stewardship.
Learn more about what each school partner is doing to grow young minds and nourish the next generation by looking through the School Portfolio Pages. If you would like to volunteer at a school garden near you please contact Donna Mitts at firstname.lastname@example.org.