Connecting youth and elders … to investigate the mosaic of plants, people, and cultures in gardens, to learn about science, and to act together to enhance their community.
Garden Mosaics is a science, environmental, and garden education program that combines intergenerational mentoring, community action, and understanding different cultures. Activities take place in community gardens, neighborhoods, and home and school gardens. Youth learn from community gardeners who share their practices, cultural backgrounds, and wisdom. Youth also learn from the Garden Mosaics educational resources and activities developed at Cornell University with funding from the National Science Foundation and US Department of Agriculture (PI: Marianne Krasny).
Garden Mosaics Manual
Download Garden Mosaics ManualA short description of the file PDF, 6 MB
Educators can use the Garden Mosaics Manual, videos, and Science Pages to conduct youth and classroom activities. Garden Mosaics activities and resources are flexible. Feel free to adapt them for youth, adult, and intergenerational programs, and for your own learning. To begin, download the Manual, read the introduction, and then go to the Sections or Chapters that are most useful to you. To quickly learn about Garden Mosaics inquiry and action activities, watch the videos posted below or show them to your students.
Download free Science Pages about plants, gardening practices, and communities. Use Science Pages to reinforce learning in classroom teaching or environmental education programs, or to help program participants to understand the concepts behind what they see in the garden. Science Pages can also help anyone learn about the science behind gardening. English and Spanish versions are available in color (good for viewing on electronic devices) and in black-and-white format (convenient for printing). Black-and-white Science Pages also contain fun short activities and teaching tips.
Please note that Garden Mosaics no longer accepts online forms mentioned in the protocols for the science investigations (Gardener Story, Garden Hike, Neighborhood Exploration) and Action Project. But you may adapt these activities using technologies familiar to the participants. For example, students can record gardener stories using smartphones, cameras, or other electronic devices, and post them on YouTube.
In addition, read this example of how Garden Mosaics has been implemented, and how it can meet the National Science Education Standards