Learning Garden - Edible Education

Our "Learning Gardens" provides "Edible Education" for the whole family!

Thanks to a generous grant from the Whole Kids Foundation, the Museum's Learning Gardens have undergone lots of improvements, and our educators have been hard at work offering programming aimed at educating children about healthy food choices and the environment. When you visit the museum during growing season you may see some vegetables being offered to taste that grew from the gardens, or you may get to join a drop-in activity using something we grew or something we want to grow! The garden offers many opportunities for hands-on discovery, which is why we love having it available for our guests. The Learning Gardens are now located in the Dover Adventure Playground.

The museum’s gardens are officially part of NASA’s TEMPO Ozone Garden Network. TEMPO stands for “Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution.” The TEMPO instrument, which will launch sometime in 2019, is a geostationary ultraviolet/visible spectrometer, and will provide daylight measurements of ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, formaldehyde and aerosols across North America, from Mexico City to Canada and from coast to coast. It will be the first space-based ultraviolet/visible light air quality spectrometer in geostationary orbit. The TEMPO mission will help scientists answer the question “how does air pollution impact global weather and climate.”

“Being a part of the TEMPO Ozone Garden Network means we have agreed to engage our young learners with hands-on activities and develop their citizen science skills, as well as gather information about ozone impact on our garden that we then share with the TEMPO Team at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory,” shared Xanthi Gray, CMNH Education Director.

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