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In School Visits

 

In School Visits

Bring Wylde Center’s environmental science or Farm to School classes to your campus! Our classes take advantage of your on site resources, like your school garden, woods, nature walk, or stream to teach or reinforce standards that your students learn in the classroom. We also have many indoor classes available, which still give your students hands-on, experiential learning opportunities. We are happy to visit one class or a whole grade over the course of a day (or more, if needed).

Studies show that learning outdoors leads to better health, lower stress levels, increased motivation to learn, better behavior, and an increase in self-reliance, culminating in better grades. Having our educators come to you is a simple way to give more of your students’ the opportunity to experience these benefits than if a single class comes to one of our sites for a field trip.

Click “Farm to School” or “Environmental Science” to the left to find out more about booking a visit, pricing, and class offerings. Choose from our menu of classes, or contact Allison Ericson at allison@wyldecenter.org to have a lesson tailored to the specific needs of your school.
Click here to see our Garden to Classroom Lesson Menu!

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About Farm to School

The Wylde Center offers Farm to School programming for the indoor and the outdoor classroom or garden. Our classroom component of Farm to School, which has many manifestations, gives students hands-on, experiential connections to their classroom standards, while introducing them to new foods and teaching them the basics of gardening, food systems, and/or meal preparation. By providing on-site education and garden maintenance, we deliver an exciting garden-based education that engages students’ minds and bodies in a hands-on learning experience. Check out our class menu below!
Through the Farm to School Program, we offer:

  • Garden Education, conducted by our highly trained Farm to School Educator on site at your school, teaching children not only how to plant, harvest, and cook what we grow, but how we relate to our food and the environment.
  • Choice of Classes among over two dozen classes for grades preK-12. We strive to work closely with teachers to link lessons to their ongoing curriculum and Georgia Performance Standards for science, math, language arts, and many other subjects.
  • Regular Visits, preferably on a weekly or biweekly basis, to enable as many children as possible to experience the garden and make real-world connections to their lessons.
  • Ongoing Curriculum Development by our Farm to School Manager and Education Director to constantly improve our program, match it to your school’s needs, and align it with the most current standards and practices.
  • Gardening and Cooking Experience for participating classes, as children learn how to plant, grow, harvest, and prepare their own garden vegetables.

Current Farm to School partner schools

  • City Schools of Decatur
  • College Heights Early Learning Childhood Center
  • The Frazier Center at Decatur High School
  • Oakhurst Elementary
  • Clairemont Elementary
  • Glennwood Elementary
  • Winnona Park Elementary School
  • Westchester Elementary
  • Renfroe Middle School
  • 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue
  • Atlanta Public Schools
  • Whitefoord Elementary
  • Benteen Elementary

Class Menu

Click to see our full Farm to School Lesson Menu 2016 or check out some example courses by grade below:

Kindergarten
1st Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade

What does a lesson cost?

Please contact Allison Ericson at allison@wyldecenter.org for pricing.

Tell me more or Sign me up!

For more information or to get Farm to School at your school, please contact Allison Ericson (Education Director) at allison@wyldecenter.org

About Environmental Education

The Wylde Center offers environmental science programming that takes advantages of the unique on-site natural resources at your school. Because our programs are centered around your school’s landscape, whether that includes a stream, pond, woods, or nature trail, our programs are often developed with your specific class and resources in mind. All of our programs give your students the benefits of outdoor learning (like better health, lower stress levels, increased motivation to learn, and better behavior), inspire a love and appreciation for nature, and cover topics outlined in state standards.

Through our in-school visits, your students will get an exciting, hands-on, project-based learning experience that will broaden their idea of where learning happens, helping them see the whole world as their classroom.

Our Environmental Science classes offer:

  • Outdoor Education conducted by our highly trained educators.
  • Choice of Classes tailored to the specific needs and resources of your class and aligned with state standards.
  • Entire Units of Study. Want to reinforce a whole unit, like Habitats or Rocks and Soils? Our educators can come to your school multiple times in a semester to deliver a series of classes that provide a comprehensive outdoor exploration of your classroom study.

Sample Course

The following is a sample course list for a fifth grade life science unit:

  • Vertebrates vs. Invertebrates (S5L1): Use your school’s woods or walk to a nearby greenspace to hunt for organisms and determine whether they are vertebrates and invertebrates. Use your stream to study aquatic insects and amphibians.
  • Plant Classification (S5L1): Take a walking tour of a greenspace or your school grounds to learn about the parts of the plant, plant cell functions, and the differing characteristics of vascular and nonvascular plants.
  • Fungi Hunt (S5L1): Go on a fungi hunt at your school or a nearby greenspace. Learn about the importance of fungi, how they differ from plants, and how they reproduce and grow.

What does a lesson cost?

Please contact Allison Ericson at allison@wyldecenter.org for pricing.

Tell me more!

For more information, please contact Allison Ericson, Education Director at allison@wyldecenter.org
Click here to see our 2015-2016 Garden to Classroom Lesson Menu!

Bring the Wylde Center to your school

Click here to book your in school visit! 

For questions about field trips and school visits, contact Allison Ericson, the Wylde Center’s Education Director, at allison@wyldecenter.org or call 404-371-1920.

Click here to see our 2015-2016 Garden to Classroom Lesson Menu!

In school visits are offered during school hours, as well as during the summer months. Generally, Wylde Center educators are available to work with one class at a time, but often visit entire grades in a day or week, if desired.

Time slots fill quickly, so we suggest booking at least 2 months before your desired date. We accept reservations up to 1 year in advance. We are typically unable to accommodate requests received less than 2 weeks ahead of your preferred date, especially during the busy fall and spring months.

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