Greensgrow Garden Activities: Engaging urban youth in experiential environmental learning
Somatic Curriculum for Greensgrow: Engaging urban youth in experiential environmental learning
Bi-College (Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges). Department of Environmental Studies
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Greensgrow is an urban farm located in Philadelphia whose mission is to provide an essential connection to food and nature in an urban community, connecting wellness through green space and promoting the greening of Philadelphia's homes and gardens. As they grow and develop as a non-profit, they are seeking to build more extensive educational opportunities at their farm. This project builds off a previous work creating activities for a somatic curriculum for Greensgrow. Last semester, three environmental studies seniors created 8 activities, to which we will add 15 more to create a more comprehensive booklet for Greensgrow to run activities starting in fall 2021. Through this work, we hope to connect urban-living students with nature, expanding their knowledge of and connection to the land. Through movement-based activities, students will gain a greater understanding of a variety of environmental topics such as pollination, water, plant identification/characteristics, and more. Ultimately, students should feel empowered and passionate about making their urban environments more green and connected with nature.