ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER
very year, more than
joinus at Common Ground. They come to dig in the dirt,harvest local food, go on a hike, learn about sustainable living,buy organically grown vegetable seedlings, ask garden advice,and enjoy the life on the farm.
for grades K-8 build environmentalleadership and understanding through a mix of outdoor adventures, hands-onscience, work on the farm, and opportunities for service.
, we aim to get every child outside: connectingseveral thousand New Haven elementary students with first-hand experiencesin the farm and forest, all linked to educational standards.
links more than 30 high school students with acombination of real environmental work opportunities, structured leadershipand career development opportunities, and academic supports.
get more than 500 local kidsout into the natural world – exploring and playing, learning and growing.
teach about home gardeningand composting, help city residents access the natural world, and build ourcapacity for healthy living.Beyond offering a chance to
, our programs reveal the
of the farm and forest. These places have storiesto tell about the
weface as a people. How will we reduce ourecological footprint in order to preserve thesplendor and sustenance of nature here at homeand across the globe? Practices modeled atCommon Ground offer some suggestions andsolutions.
Last summersaw abundant food inthe gardens, new pigletsand sheep, a hard-working crew from ourGreen Jobs Corps, and more than 400happy summer campers keeping the farmbuzzing with learning, growing, and buildingcommunity. Staff and young people workedside-by-side to bring in the harvest and putfood by for healthy winter meals, aided byvolunteers from the community and internsfrom area colleges.
of fresh, healthy,organic produce are certainly the mostvisible and tastiest product. But as weplant, and tend, and harvest, CommonGround’s community reaps much more, aswell. All of our high school students eat
from the farm, and studyits seasons and cycles through theirhigh school classes – cultivating valuableknowledge healthy living and sustainablefood systems. Much of our harvestalso goes to
,contributing to local food security. Thissame produce is the inspiration and rawmaterial for small student- and community-generated
. The results of our harvest keep growing.More than thirty young people learn thechallenges and rewards of hard work inour
– helping tooperate our farm and city farmers markets,and to lead environmental educationprograms and other efforts across thecity. Summer campers learn and play inthe gardens, along with thousands of community members and children fromNew Haven elementary schools.
– closer toour food, this land, and our community.
COMMON GROUNDHIGH SCHOOLURBAN FARM:
A Rich Harvest
This fall,155 students arrive at CommonGround High School for another year of growth:
• They will study and perform with the actorsof the
, andcreate museum exhibits with curators fromthe
.• They will launch and run
using produce from our urbanfarm, and help to design a major
on our site.• They will study
, participate in over
, work with
from the University of New Haven,and head out into the community toparticipate in
. Through all this –and many otherexperiences –CommonGround studentswill become thenext generationof successful college students and powerfulenvironmental leaders. In each of the last twoyears,
. For three yearsrunning, these students have made some of the
– literallydoubling the percentage of students earningproficient scores, surpassing the New Havenaverage in every subject, and beating thestate average in reading. The recipe for theirsuccess? A mix of authentic learning, smallschool support, environmental courses,leadership opportunities, and consistently highacademic expectations.
Growing Successful Students& Environmental Leaders
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