Demonstration Gardens: Spaces to Expore STEM
The raised beds in our demonstration gardens allow youth opportunities to learn and engage in experiments growing a variety of flowers, vegetables, herbs, and medicinal plants. The gardens are raised to make them handicapped accessible. In 2012 our garden at Thomas Stone High School in Maryland was recognized USDA People’s Garden.
During our TEENS & TOTS in the GARDEN project younger children rotate through four to five interactive stations where they learn the benefits of healthy eating, nutrition, exercise, how to grow vegetables, as well as engage in face painting, listening to teens read or act out a picture book.
Gardens allow youth opportunities to learn and engage in experiments. Currently one YRCP team is developing a robotic motorized wagon for the Demonstration Garden to help ease the burden of lifting and carrying heavy garden materials.
In addition to being an outdoor learning site the youth learn entrepreneurial skills, and presentation skills by selling to the community plants and vegetables raised in the Demonstration Gardens.