UBC Undergraduate Research

Education programs in the LFS Orchard Garden and Agora Café Chen, Elaine Yi-Ling; Hatakka, Kristi; Lam, Wennie; Liang, Janette; Salmabadi, Sara; Witt, Victoria


The value of garden-based learning is undeniable in its capacity to revolutionize current paradigms towards ecological literacy for educating future generations. Perhaps the most significant connections created are the ones that instill a sense of place and understanding of nature and all living organisms. The UBCFSP is a community-base action program that consists of many partners and collaborators. Through a collaborative effort between the Faculty of Education, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and our project stakeholders at the University of British Columbia (UBC), the establishment of an outdoor classroom has been initiated. This space is part of the LFS Orchard Garden at UBC and will be utilized to help educate teachers and equip them with relevant skills and information. Some of the barriers to participation included lack of knowledge, accessibility to resources, and teacher-confidence working in an outdoor environment. In response, our group created two workshops to facilitate, as well as a resource list that will ideally support teachers in implementing outdoor education. The feedback we received from our stakeholders indicated that our workshops were a good starting point for the program and could be further developed to include more material and connection to other workshops. Developing garden-classroom connections in outdoor learning spaces will help to encourage students to spend more time outside ultimately assisting in the development of children’s sense of place in natural green spaces. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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