Masters Thesis

School gardens: a child's path to nature

All children should be able to have opportunities for experiences and explorations with nature through their own discoveries. Involved in this process is the importance of children experiencing nature directly, through hands on experiences. The Children’s Center at California State University, Bakersfield, is the location for a proposed school garden. Its focus will be on providing direct contact with nature through hands-on experiences in the garden. The garden will be comprised of two areas, named The Kinder Garden and The Sensory Garden. One component of the paper is a garden design, specific to the needs and specifications of the actual site. Unique characteristics of the garden will be discussed including: accessibility, entrances and pathways, elevation, grass area on undulating hills, raised beds, fences and borders, water sources, gathering areas, aesthetic considerations, additional garden considerations, and a plant list.

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