Youth Education at the Arboretum Reinforces Science Standards

— Written By
en Español

El inglés es el idioma de control de esta página. En la medida en que haya algún conflicto entre la traducción al inglés y la traducción, el inglés prevalece.

Al hacer clic en el enlace de traducción se activa un servicio de traducción gratuito para convertir la página al español. Al igual que con cualquier traducción por Internet, la conversión no es sensible al contexto y puede que no traduzca el texto en su significado original. NC State Extension no garantiza la exactitud del texto traducido. Por favor, tenga en cuenta que algunas aplicaciones y/o servicios pueden no funcionar como se espera cuando se traducen.

English is the controlling language of this page. To the extent there is any conflict between the English text and the translation, English controls.

Clicking on the translation link activates a free translation service to convert the page to Spanish. As with any Internet translation, the conversion is not context-sensitive and may not translate the text to its original meaning. NC State Extension does not guarantee the accuracy of the translated text. Please note that some applications and/or services may not function as expected when translated.

Collapse ▲

N.C. Cooperative Extension, Forsyth County Center, was excited to offer the Youth Education Program at the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park in April 2023. This was the first time the Program has been held since 2019. The Youth Education Program is designed to address NC third grade science standards through hands-on lessons about plant science. Students visit the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park to participate in this field trip program.

Over four days in April 2023, 525 students attended the Program at the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park. Students participated in lessons about soil, composting, seeds, and carnivorous plants. The lessons, taught by Extension staff and Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers, included experiential activities and addressed NC third grade science standards. Fifty-two volunteers and staff helped with the Program over its four days, contributing a total of 448 hours in order to make the field trips successful.

Volunteer teaching students

Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Gary Ritz talks to students about carnivorous plants.

In addition, the Horticulture Agent created a website containing supplemental information and activities related to concepts covered during the Program, so that teachers could reinforce these concepts in the classroom. The supplemental information website is available to the public; visit Youth Gardening Resources to access the resources.

hands holding seeds

Students investigated seeds during Youth Education

Students attending the Youth Education Program were asked quiz questions during the program to assess their science knowledge and teachers responded to a follow-up evaluation survey after attending the Program.

Volunteers talking about carnivorous plants

Extension Master Gardener Volunteers Kara Clark and Art Kelley teach students about carnivorous plants.

Students participating in the Youth Education Program gained critical thinking skills while investigating seeds from different plants and observing adaptations of carnivorous plants. One teacher reported, “my kids loved the carnivorous plants station. They were able to learn so much about these plants that I’ve never been able to share” due to not having a garden at school. 

Two adults teaching kids a lesson about soil

Celine Richard and Jeffrey Cates, two Extension employees, teach students about soil.

88% of students correctly answered quiz questions demonstrating their knowledge of soil and seeds. All teachers strongly agreed that the lessons helped them meet NC Essential Science Standards, with one teacher saying, “All the stations fit in perfectly with our current unit of study and we have talked about each one since returning to school.” Teachers reported spending an additional eight hours using the supplemental website to reinforce the information that students learned during Youth Education.

Adults teaching kids about composting

Extension Master Gardener Volunteers Rita and Bill Deck teach students about composting.

We hope to continue offering the Youth Education Program to Forsyth County students in future years. Third grade teachers who would like more information should contact Leslie Rose.