Sustainability Garden Used as Teaching Tool for Local Second Grade Students


Second grade students from Trinity Elementary School in New Rochelle were invited to the Main Campus of CNR to visit the College’s sustainability garden for a series of hands-on activities that focused on the science of plants and soil.
This special visit on Friday, May 13, was supported by a grant from the Candreva Environmental Foundation and was the culmination of a course for CNR students entitled "School Gardens as Teaching Tools." It was co-taught by Dr. Diane Quandt, Associate Professor of Education, and Dr. Faith Kostel-Hughes, Associate Professor of Biology and the Director of the Environmental Studies Program.
CNR students took the course for credit in SAS's Education Program or the Environmental Studies Program. Other faculty leading activities at this morning event included Dr. Roxanne Zimmer, Associate Professor of Communication Arts, and Tom Frankie, adjunct faculty in CNR's Education Program and Education Specialist at the Bronx Zoo.  
Students in Dr. Kostel-Hughes' Human Ecology course also helped the second graders with these ‘hands-on’ garden activities that focused on the plant life cycle, parts of a plant, plant resource needs, soil development, and decomposition. The students also demonstrated basic gardening techniques to the second graders.
 Here, Dr. Kostel-Hughes instructs the ‘student-gardeners’ on the work to be done in the College Sustainability Garden