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ActivitiesIconThe Garden Activity Center is your one-stop resource for engaging garden and compost projects! Educators and youth group leaders, parents and volunteers: if you are seeking fun, hands-on activities - for sunny days or rainy days, for one hour or through the seasons - you have come to the right place.

Consider using GEF's activities for the following:
  • Earth Day Projects 
  • Garden volunteer drop-in activities 
  • Service projects 
  • Beautification/service days 
  • Active, hands-on breaks for testing days 
  • Volunteer-lead activities/demonstrations 
  • Afterschool program/summer camp actitivies
GardenTeachingIconA school garden can teach children many lessons in ecology, biodiversity, and conservation.  With our new garden section, Garden as a Teaching Tool, we've developed a program that uses the garden as a place to explore sustainability education.

In this section, our guidelines will help children understand the factors that make a garden sustainable, from water conservation and native plants to composting and the use of recycled materials.  LEED accredited landscape architects from UBLA, a landscape architecture firm in Wenham, MA, have worked with GEF to create sustainable garden designs for three different budgets. The designs integrate features such as rain barrels and pollinator gardens.  

Click on the menu on the right to access a set of guidelines for planning a sustainable garden at three different budget levels, as well as tutorials on how to construct wheelchair-accessible raised beds and bird-feeders. This could be your most sustainable summer yet! What factors make a garden sustainable?
  • Recycled materials 
  • Welcoming to wildlife 
  • Water conservation 
  • Safe fertilizers/supplements 
  • Composting 
  • Pesticide free 
  • Native plants 
  • Enviro-friendly plant signs 
Check out our book lists to choose an age-appropriate book for your class, group, or children. If you would like to buy the book, click on the book cover to visit the Green Education Foundation “Books and Videos” page. Navigate to your book section (organized by age group) to find and select a specific book title.