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ERIC Number: EJ884680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1533-015X
Designing a Children's Water Garden as an Outdoor Learning Lab for Environmental Education
Byrd, Renee K.; Haque, Mary Taylor; Tai, Lolly; McLellan, Gina K.; Knight, Erin Jordan
Applied Environmental Education and Communication, v6 n1 p39-47 2007
A Clemson University introductory landscape design class collaborated with South Carolina Botanical Gardens (SCBG) staff and coordinators of Sprouting Wings to design an exploratory Children's Garden within the SCBG. Service learning provides students with invaluable real-world experiences solving problems and interacting with clients while contributing to the local community. Project methodology included research, site selection and analysis, conceptual diagrams, preliminary designs, and full-color renderings of final designs. Based on children's desire for water play and on current issues in water quality and the need for environmental education, clients and students designed a Wonders of Water Garden that can be used as a model at other institutions. The design celebrates the beauty of water, and showcases the integral relationships among plants, wildlife, and water. The interactive garden will create awareness of current water quality issues, promote environmental stewardship, and serve as a model to teach visitors of all ages the vital role water plays in the environment. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina