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Outreach Programs Cater to the Young


Recently, our Outreach program has had to the opportunity to share with some younger sprouts. Studies show that the earlier years, 0-3 are vital in the development of long term interest in and care for the earth.

As James J. Heckman writes, “learning starts in infancy, long before formal education begins, and continues throughout life. Early learning begets later learning and early success breeds later success.”

85% of brain development occurs before the age of five.

Kids who garden show a better ability to concentrate.

The process of growing something from seed to fruit helps teach children responsibility and managing a living organism.

In response to the growing number of educational centers adding  2 and 3 year old programs, we have modified some of our Outreach classes to serve the youngest of audiences. 


To encourage learning more about our natural world, we use big, brightly-colored props, and  costumes that highlight, for example, the parts of a flower. We added a hands-on flower model that each student will get to hold, feel, and touch as we guide them through each part of the flower and its function. I used simple fake flowers  from the dollar store, and added “roots” made of yarn, so now, each child will have a flower to hold and manipulate as we guide them through the anatomy and function.

By Julie O'Bryan, Outreach Coordinator at Memphis Botanic Garden
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden News at 6:00 AM


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