Real Stories
  • Thursday, July 31, 2014 | Filed under

    The wait is over!

    North Texas Giving Day is coming, and with it, REAL School Gardens is hosting another FUN-fundraiser to celebrate our amazing supporters.

    After last year’s success with “Buggin’ Out” (you people really like to watch Scott Feille eat those exoskeletons don’tcha?), we put a lot of thought, research, planning and expert analysis into this years’ theme.  In the process, we’ve discovered that in addition to watching someone else eat bugs, people also like to watch things without wings take flight…and then go SPLAT.

    And thus, our “Fling-a-Thing” was born!  To celebrate those who donate to REAL ...

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  • Friday, July 25, 2014 | Filed under

    One of our community members  in Idaho, Mackenzie Kupfer, sent us profiles of two learning gardens she discovered in Boise.  Thanks for sharing  Mackenzie!  Keep up the great work! 


    Willow Creek Elementary 

     Willow Creek Elementary in Nampa has developed a school wide garden to increase student awareness of fresh food alternatives. The foodservice department is partnering with the gardening program to make sure the food grown is utilized in school meals. Boy Scout Troop 116 helped with the raised bed garden box construction, while teachers, administrators, students, and families all continually pitch in to maintain the garden. ...

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  • Sunday, July 13, 2014 | Filed under Environmental Stewardship , Instructional Aids , Science

    Learning gardens are ideally suited for developing the critical thinking skills and foundations of understanding for the disciplines of math, science and language arts. The inquiry based learning methods facilitated in the outdoor laboratory/outdoor classroom reaches across the curriculum by virtue of the inter-related nested and natural systems of the earth. When students’ are in the outdoor classroom they learn firsthand that natural systems are composed of cycles, processes and structures that interact and are driven by a flow of energy through them; the students‘ learn about these systems through sensory observations. Empirical learning through hands on science and math investigation creates transformative experiences which guide the students’ learning in ...

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  • Friday, July 11, 2014 | Filed under Volunteering , Language Arts , Educators , Lesson Plans , Science , REAL Teacher Journal , Math

    Friday, June 6th – Lee Elementary Full Day Professional Development



    Helping out with the teacher training was a very unique experience for me.  Having learned quite a bit about REAL School Gardens through my Nature of Giving course at TCU, I was very much looking forward to working here this summer.  From the beginning, I have been very open to helping out wherever needed and learning more about not only a wonderful, innovative organization, but growing in my nonprofit skills.  Getting to see a first teacher training happen was a blessing, and ended up teaching me more than ...

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