Bringing H.O.P.E to West Michigan Schools
Providing garden education for students in grades K-12
Our collaborative, hands-on, experiential approach reinforces concepts and teaches students practical life skills.
- H.O.P.E. Gardens brings garden education to the classroom and as part of after-school and summer programs.
- Students experience all stages of gardening including planting, tending, harvesting, and winterizing a garden on school grounds.
- Our experiential lessons meet academic science standards.
- We also provide a seed-saving and seed-sharing program where students give seeds to surrounding schools and the community.
Darla England, Principal
South Elementary Grandville Public Schools
“H.O.P.E. Gardens provided engaging lessons for my 4th grade students last year. My students always looked forward to the staff from H.O.P.E. Gardens coming to our classrooms. They loved the staff and the personalized attention that students received from each and every one of them. They also loved the lessons and especially the taste testing! Best of all, at the review at the end of the year, my students remembered a lot of what they learned! If your students would love to learn about plants, the health benefits of eating plants, play learning games, and get their hands in some dirt, I would highly recommend participating in the lessons with H.O.P.E. Gardens!”
Oriole Park Elementary
Wyoming Public Schools
“Many of my students want to know when it’s their turn to have H.O.P.E. Gardens come. Some students come to class telling me how many more days until it’s their class’ turn again. I LOVE the excitement students are showing both during lesson days and the countdown until their next session.”
Benefits for students and teachers
Imitating nature with regenerative gardening
Unlike a traditional tilled garden, regenerative gardening covers the ground with organic matter, which nourishes rather than depletes or disturbs the soil and works with nature to create conditions similar to the forest floor, where plants naturally thrive.