Outdoor Classroom

Students who work in the garden through an academic avenue often contribute to its development.  Research findings contribute to growing practices, internships create new structures like the wash station, pollinator gardens and site plans and a capstone project for an art major can help define the dynamic functions of the different spaces in the garden.

In addition, many classes utilize the resources in the garden for class discussions, laboratory experiments and research.  For a professor, the site offers the ability to study nature, agricultural practice or lead students in a reflective observation of place. Professors also engage their students in a work project to experience growing one’s food in order to ground discussions in gender, equity, labor or simply to build class morale and camaraderie. 

Classes that have used the garden as an outdoor classroom include:

  • BI 110: Insects and Society
  • BI 247 : Plant Biology
  • CEL 205 : Critical Perspectives of Service
  • ES 106: Environment and Society
  • ES 201: Environmental Research Methods
  • ES 225: Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture
  • ES 305: Environmental History
  • PS 101: General Psychology

Please contact Kristyn at kachilich@smcvt.edu if you would like to arrange a class experience in the garden or set up an internship.

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