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Book Profile: Outdoor Classrooms - a handbook for school gardens by Carolyn Nuttall and Janet Millington

Friday, June 28, 2013

At the recent Learning in the Garden National Seminar QLD we had the pleasure to meet Carolyn Nuttall one of the authors of 'Outdoor Classrooms – a handbook for school gardens'. We felt very honoured – our discovery of Outdoor Classrooms several years ago set the scene for our own endeavour.

Outdoor Classrooms was the reference that ignited our enthusiasm and confidence as we embarked on our initial school garden project at our children's school. It is a trustworthy companion filled with ideas, inspiration and practical knowledge based on the experience of both authors Carolyn and Janet.  They have thought of every element needed to create an engaging learning environment for students.

The below quote from the book resonates with our journey and philosophy, as we are now several years down the track and have gained much knowledge and developed new skills while on a continual learning journey alongside the children that we work with. It is a new adventure every day.

“Don’t be afraid to admit you don’t know everything. If you wait until you know everything you won’t ever start. Learning about the garden, the creatures and natural systems is a learning journey; an adventure. You just have to get going and learn as you go.”

Outdoor Classrooms is an excellent resource for teachers, students and anyone that is involved in starting a school garden or would like to learn more.  It supported our vision of creating a learning resource for the students and teachers that was not in addition to, or separate from curriculum learning outcomes. Instead the garden is a tool that integrates opportunities for practical hands on experiences to enhance holistic learning.

Permaculture ethics and principles are referenced through the text – this was another highlight for us that provided a further connection to the book, as Seed Harvest Spoon's philosophy is based on permaculture ethics, stewardship of the earth and community participation.

Email: to ORDER a copy of Outdoor Classrooms, $43.95 (GST inclusive).

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