What's your earliest memory of being outside? Last spring, when second graders from a local elementary school visited DCH on a field trip, our staff overheard many student comments. It was these students’ first field trip experience, and the Vice Principal reported they talked about it the entire day.
The National Wildlife Federation reports that time spent outdoors can significantly improve a child’s mood, reduce their stress and anxiety, and improve symptoms from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is well documented that children are still experiencing significant mental health challenges from the pandemic; we hope that programs such as these field trips can inspire kids to spend even more time outdoors and carry these values through life.
Kids love hands-on learning like digging in the dirt, planting seeds, harvesting vegetables, and identifying trees.
Preserving Our Planet Through Youth Education At the Delaware Center for Horticulture, we know it's never too soon to plant the seeds for a better future. Please join us in helping to create these memories for children and teens and inspire them to a lifetime of caring for our planet.
The very nature of planting is to look ahead, and we see our Youth Enrichment Programming as another form of planting. Your support will enable us to teach children about sustainability and their connection to the environment, while fostering their appreciation for the world around them. What could be more important than working together to invest in our planet’s future?
Please consider contributing to our Annual Fund. We need partners like you as we increase our youth education efforts!