Garden Plan Spring 2017
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For Atlantic Highlands Elementary School (AHES), their learning garden program, launched in 2011 by GoSprouts.org (a 501c3 non-profit which was co-founded by two local parents, Laurie Brekke and Hope Hanlon), quickly became a favorite of the students. The Student Council even held a naming contest and the Tiger Patch Learning Garden, commonly called “the Tiger(…)
At the recent Garden Club of NJ flower show, our AHES 6th-grade challenge art students competed in the youth garden category, winning 4 first-place ribbons, 4 second-place ribbons, 4 third-place ribbons, and 2 honorable mentions. Congratulations to all on a job well done!
(This article is re-posted from the Tri-District website, dated December 2, 2015) This past October, Atlantic Highlands Elementary School (AHES) hosted the annual PTO Fall Harvest Festival, which was held to raise funds for the AHES Tiger Patch Learning Garden. “Several years ago, the PTO took the learning garden program under its wing. As our(…)
On May 10th, GoSprouts had the distinct honor of speaking at our local TED conference: TEDxNavesink at Two River Theater. The amazing team from TEDxNavesink pulled together a fantastic agenda for this year’s event with the theme of PLAY. Please check out our presentation as well as the other speakers; we were certainly in great(…)
by Nancy Burton We are underway! Our garden started in early April 2014 after being awarded the Whole Foods Whole Kids Gardening Foundation Grant. We were able to purchase all of our lumbar and soil. Volunteers constructed our beds and filled them with soil. I volunteered and planted seeds with all of the students one(…)
On Sunday, June 1st, we’ll be part of a Craft Market in Atlantic Highlands. We’ll have some herb infused olive oils for sale (trust us, they’re delicious!) with all proceeds benefitting the Tiger Patch. Of course, there will all kinds of other cool arts & crafts so come on down & enjoy the day. In addition(…)
Mary Ann Bourbeau, Two River Times wrote “Laurie Brekke, the cofounder of GoSprouts.org, also is on the bill. Along with organization cofounder Hope Hanlon, they created a learning garden at Atlantic Highlands Elementary School three years ago.” Read the full article here
We were thrilled to be mentioned in a recent article by the TriCity News as an example of how micro-organizing can lead to other great ideas. Here’s a quote from the article: “Take what’s happening up in Atlantic Highlands, a town this newspaper has long spotlighted for its potential and progressive community. As demonstrated at(…)
Early February 2014, the 4th grade students worked with Stevie Thorsen, from the American Littoral Society, to plant individual sea grass in cups. The seedlings will be transplant to the Sea Bright and Sandy Hook NJ beaches to help protect the beaches from erosion. Mrs. Thorsen gave a fantastic presentation and the students learned about(…)
Laurie Brekke and Hope Hanlon, co-founders of GoSprouts.org, are also board members of the Navesink Garden Club and most recently received a coveted Blue Ribbon by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) 2016 Gardening & Greening Contest for their children’s garden program and commitment to the community; they were selected out of over 300 entries and recognized for their commitment to enhance their neighborhood through their work in this garden. They have also won two distinguished Junior Gardener awards from the Garden Club of NJ in recognition of their devotion & success to this program and have spoken at TEDxNavesink on the benefits of garden-based learning. They are mothers of young daughters and enjoy merging their previous corporate & personal skills and passions into these well-deserving programs for children.
The Tiger Patch Learning Garden, launched at Atlantic Highlands Elementary School (AHES) in 2011 by GoSprouts.org, is a hands-on, outdoor learning environment that has been used to teach every subject in their curriculum, including science, technology, engineering, art & math (STEAM) across all grades, PreK through 6th. Their program, now more than five years old, has educators fighting for weekly spots on the calendar. Students and teachers alike have enjoyed discovering connections between their current curriculum and health, nature and sustainability; students also gain a deep sense of teamwork, accomplishment, empowerment and civic responsibility - simply by weaving hands-on-learning into an outdoor setting. In addition to their work at AHES, they have helped many other schools start garden-learning programs, both locally and nationally.
GoSprouts.org is a 501c3 non-profit organization.