Carolyn is acknowledged as one of the pioneers of garden-based learning in schools. Her discovery of the benefits of school gardens for teaching and learning began in 1992, when the young children in her class made a small no-dig edible garden in the grounds of their Brisbane school. This activity captured the minds of the children who, over the year, went on to create a huge permaculture food forest – an outdoor classroom filled with the lessons of the classroom and experiences of the natural world.
She remains active promoting the school garden as a prime exemplar for teaching sustainability, individual resourcefulness and self-reliance – the skills, she believes, that are needed for an uncertain future. She is the co-author of Outdoor Classrooms: A Handbook for School Gardens.
Outdoor Classrooms is ideal for teachers and home educators who want to incorporate outdoor education at all levels of the school curriculum, with an emphasis on setting up vegetable gardens, teaching children about growing food, economic concerns, human and planetary health and future sustainability. Beautifully illustrated throughout, Outdoor Classrooms is presented as two streams of thought. Carolyn takes through the…
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