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Intergenerational Learning Activities: Gardening

Intergenerational Learning Activities: Gardening

Gardening provides opportunities for grandparents and older adult volunteers to pass along their knowledge, traditions, and skills to next generations.  Children add enthusiasm for learning and life. For both groups, gardening can help the body and mind stay active providing a great incentive to get everyone involved in the growing process.

Use intergenerational gardening to encourage:

  • healthy food choices
  • a love of nature and the environment
  • experiential learning about math and science
  • transmission of traditions and culture

 With the support of the Verizon Foundation and resources from Thinkfinity.org, this gardening guide provides brief activity descriptions geared toward a broad range of ages. We encourage you to submit additional suggestions and to connect with other older adults in an online user group designed for grandparents and volunteers with similar interests.

Pre-k to Grade Three:

  • Read gardening books together to nurture inspiration
  • Start your gardening project with a research plan to find out how to best care for your plants
  • Build a worm condo to find out why earthworms are good for gardens
  • Observe the incredible process seeds undergo to become new plants, track the progress of your plants growth, and share your observations

Grades Four to Eight:

  • Become a video game professional plant hunter with help from the New York Botanic Garden to nurture your gardening knowledge
  • Build soil to learn about decomposition and soil health
  • Go wild with these plans for designing a wild flower garden native to your region of the country
  • Spice up your intergenerational garden with herbs

 Grades Nine to Twelve:

  • Build a raised bed together to create an urban garden
  • Test the ph of your soil with this homemade recipe
  • Control pests in your garden by testing out interplanting techniques
  • Breed plants to explore more advanced concepts like plant selection, reproduction, and pollination
Additional Resources:

Kids’s Gardening Intergenerational Resources

Gardening Mosaics

Rebel Tomato

Roots and Shoots School Garden


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