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Tree gardens and nurseries are great laboratories for practical action where students are empowered to engage in hands-on learning and exploration of the living environment. They are also a source of locally available, healthy food for children and their families, while providing a safe space where children can marvel at the web of life, while learning about healthy eating and the natural environment.
A recent study in the US found that students who were involved in school gardening activities had significantly higher scores on science achievement tests when compared with students who were not involved in these activities? Indeed, school gardens and nurseries have many benefits for learning as they draw upon a range of disciplines and encourage project- and place-based learning that has demonstrated impacts upon academic performance and success.