Many people ask us for research that validates the work we do. Find a great collection of summary documents and peer reviewed article databases below:
Why School Garden’s Info-graphics and Research Summaries developed by Life Lab in collaboration with the School Garden Support Organization and Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation.
The Impact of Garden-Based Learning on Student Health and Nutrition Two page collection of research briefs
Co-Benefits of a Learning Garden from BigGreen.org
Info-graphics on the Benefits of Green School Yards from the Children and Nature Network
Life Lab Essay, The Garden, A Master Teacher An excellent essay on the many benefits of garden-based learning.
Benefits of Gardening for Children Two page summary and research briefs from the University of Colorado
Health and Academic Achievement 12 page download from the CDC sharing how health and wellness lead to academic achievement.
Why School Gardens Presentation from the California School Garden Training Program. Shares the value of school gardens and how they are used in California.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention Research Brief on Nutrition Education in Schools mentions schools gardens and links to additional resources.
Rutgers University’s Learning Through the Garden page is a nice summary document.
Benefits of Environmental Education for K-12 Students from Stanford University and EE Works
Review of Research Articles and Research Article Databases
EE Research Database from the North American Association for Environmental Education and Children and Nature Network – research for the field of environmental education and the movement to connect children and nature, and includes multiple ways to search for articles, syntheses, and research summaries.
View Children and Nature Network’s Research Digest on Gardening With and For Children
Impact of Garden-Based Learning on Academic Outcomes in Schools: Synthesis of Research Between 1990 and 2010 Dilafruz R. Williams, P. Scott Dixon
Student Learning Outcomes of Garden-Based Education: A Literature Review by Melanie Stewart Masters of Environmental Education Candidate University of Minnesota – Duluth May, 2014