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After School Garden Program

This office no longer runs the ownership of the After School Garden Program. Currently, the Bulloch County Parks and Recreation has taken over running this program.

Georgia Southern’s Sustainability Program and the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement have partnered with Bulloch County Parks and Recreation, the Bulloch County Board of Education to develop an After School Garden Program at five elementary schools in Bulloch County. Georgia Southern student volunteers teach elementary children lessons in plant biology, agriculture, health and nutrition during a 8-week garden program that takes place during the Parks and Rec Afterschool Program, Our Time. This program was featured in Georgia Magazine’s July 2015 issue

The garden activities help children to gain a fundamental understanding of plant biology, agriculture, and nutrition, while also engaging them in important and beneficial aspects of gardening. Children learn that our (plant) food doesn’t just come from the grocery store, it actually grows in the ground. The program combines experiential learning, visual aids, and interactive activities that help facilitate an effective, yet enjoyable atmosphere.

The first six weeks of the program focus on plants and the benefits of gardening, while the last two weeks focus on nutrition and making healthy nutritional choices. Children are part of the process from seed to table. They plant the seeds, nurture the growing plants and even harvest and eat the fruits and vegetables from their school gardens! At the end of the eight week program, children participate in a harvest celebration where they harvest all of the produce from their gardens and share their produce with their families. 

Last updated: 4/18/2022