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E a rly C hildhood E d uc ation / Gardening
Gardens are where children’s imaginations engage nature, and the result is
joyful learning. Gardening helps children develop an appreciation for the natural world
and build the foundation for environmental stewardship. This book is packed with
learning experiences—green thumb or a perfect plot of land not required.
information and inspiration to help you immerse children in gardening and outdoor
Learn how a gardening curriculum supports learning and development across all
expansive domains. You’ll also find heaps of suggestions for planning, planting, and caring for
learning gardens, gardens grown vertically on a wall or fence, and even rooftop gardens.
opportunities Cultivate children’s wonder and appreciation for nature.
gardening with children
a garden suited to your unique setting, such as container gardens, raised beds, in-ground
This book provides
D New content reflecting childhood issues and gardening trends that have surfaced
in recent years, including concerns that children are becoming alienated from
nature and that childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic
D More than 60 hands-on learning activities for children of all ages to explore
plants and garden creatures
D Vibrant photographs and classroom stories showcasing great programs from
around the country
D Resources to help your garden flourish, seed and garden supply lists, information
on poisonous plants, and books about gardens and garden creatures
S a r a S ta r b u c k is an associate professor in the Department of Human Environmental
Studies and administrative director of the Early Childhood Centers for Training, Research,
and Education at Southeast Missouri State University. For over thirty years, Dr. Starbuck
has been deeply involved in connecting children to nature and helping adults understand
the importance of nature in children’s lives.
M a rl a O lthof has nine years of teaching experience with toddlers and preschoolers.
She has trained teachers in a multitude of settings, including undergraduate practicum
experiences and student teaching at Southern Illinois University, at the Purdue University
Calumet Head Start Resource Center, in college courses, and at local, state, and national
conferences. K a ren M idden is a professor in Plant, Soil, and Agricultural Systems at Southern
Illinois University Carbondale. She is a landscape architect and teaches courses on
landscape design, designing outdoor spaces, and sustainable landscape practices.
Her current research and projects include urban agriculture, green roofs, and