Nathan Hale School begins a new science partnership with CitySprouts
CitySprouts and volunteers from Surface Oncology built a new school garden at the Nathan Hale School on September 1, just in time for students returning to school. The garden is the first step in the school’s new science partnership with CitySprouts. Beginning with the new school year, Hale School teachers and the CitySprouts garden educator will bring science lessons outdoors for students kindergarten through 5th grade. Students will learn how to grow a garden as they explore the plant life cycle. CitySprouts approach is to complement and reinforce the teaching that happens in the classroom with experiential projects that advance students’ science knowledge and social emotional learning. The garden also fosters children’s affinity for the natural world and inspires them to learn to grow food and understand food systems.
CitySprouts was founded in 2001 with a mission to cultivate wonder and curiosity for all children with hands-on science learning through urban gardening. The organization maintains a total of 21 school garden classrooms in partnership with public schools in Cambridge and Boston, with a focus on equitable access to natural spaces and rich, hands-on science learning. CitySprouts also leads tuition-free summer and after school programming for 11-14 year olds, creating a community for young people to learn about their natural environment, engage in science and engineering through ecosystems and food systems, and explore their emerging identity as young adults.
Nathan Hale principal Candice Whitmore and teachers are looking forward to integrating the garden classroom into the fabric of their school. Whitmore noted, "Through our partnership with CitySprouts, we continue our commitment to provide all children with rigorous academic instruction and meaningful enrichment opportunities."
“Now more than ever, young children need a solid science foundation and a connection to nature,” added CitySprouts executive director Jane Hirschi. “We’re thrilled to bring our garden-based science partnership to the Nathan Hale School in Roxbury.”
The Nathan Hale joins Orchard Gardens K-8, the David Ellis Elementary, the William E. Russell Elementary, the Higginson Lewis K-8, the Dr. William W Henderson Upper and Lower Schools, the Baldwin Early Learning Pilot Academy and the Haynes Early Education Center as CitySprouts’ 9th Boston Public School.
CitySprouts plans to expand to 12 Boston Public Schools in 2022, with priority given to potential partners in Dorchester and Roxbury.
Watch Superintendent Casselius describe the importance of CitySprouts’ work and the impact on BPS Students HERE.