Through educational activities, Gardens for Peace continually works to make others more aware of the historical, environmental and symbolic significance of the garden.
Youth Programs are designed to increase environmental literacy of school-aged youth (ages 6 – 18) from diverse social, racial, ethnic and national backgrounds. The programs are usually hands-on learning experiences created with curriculum advisors who are educators, psychologists and landscape designers.
The benefits of these interactive lessons and activities include improving self perception and team building, increasing environmental literacy and earth ethics, improving leadership skills, volunteerism, and conflict management and resolution. An added benefit is enhancing a young person’s perception of time as it relates to the future. This not only reveals the negative consequences of decisions made just for “today”, but increases a self-interest which motivates students to take a more active role in his or her life.
To further corporate America’s commitment to youth and education, Gardens for Peace accepts grants to support collaborations to implement curriculum-based environmental and education initiatives.
Adult programs feature internationally renowned garden designers, historians and environmentalists. Speakers present educational symposiums on a wide range of topics, including design criteria for meditation gardens with examples of gardens around the world. The programs include educational materials and curriculums. Adult programs offer international networking opportunities through our website and network of gardens.