Pasadena Unified School District 2nd-graders are getting special behind-the-scenes access to orchards, nurseries and other areas of the Huntington Library and its gardens. Thanks to a unique partnership between the Huntington and the district’s Farm to School program, 2nd-grade field trips this spring focus on the seed-to-table cycle that is part of the district’s garden curriculum. The field trips bring to life classroom lessons on plant life cycles and the cultivation and harvesting of food. Students learn about edible gardens, herbs, orchards, and the connection between the land and farming.
“Children get hands-on experiences with plants and the importance of agriculture while exploring the history, math, art, science and health themes that are abundantly available at the Huntington,” said Ann Rector, PUSD director of Health Programs. “By participating in these field trips, PUSD students gain a sense of their own community’s food system and healthy eating. They’re getting unique experiences that prepare them to be healthy, contributing members of society.”
Tours are guided by volunteers from Young & Healthy and the Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy who were trained in curriculum created especially for PUSD field trips by the Huntington.
“The mission of the Huntington’s education division is to interpret the collections and promote life-long learning to a broad audience,” said Catherine Allgor, Nadine and Robert Skotheim director of education at the Huntington. “By visiting the Huntington through the Farm to School program, students will be able to engage with our botanical collections while exercising skills that will enrich their school curriculum.”