Elizabeth's Garden at the Elaine Clark Center
Elizabeth's Garden at the Elaine Clark Center in Atlanta, Georgia, was created to be an outdoor interactive classroom for children. It is an organic, living laboratory for students to explore and discover nature through all five senses. The Elaine Clark Center for Exceptional Children is an inclusive educational organization that works with children who have special needs from 6 weeks to 22 years old. Children with special needs respond in a "special way" to their environment. Many have sensory sensitivity that can impact how they experience and cope with different environments. In addition to providing food for the center, we have the children involved in harvesting, preparing simple foods using fresh garden ingredients, touching and smelling the plants, and allowing for quality time and learning experiences in nature. This is intervention in nature! Not only are we introducing the children to these healthy fruits and vegetables, but educating their families and staff members to a healthy way of eating and relating to nature. The Elaine Clark Center Teachers bring their classes into the garden to teach them about nature, the four seasons, where food comes from and how they can take care of their environment through simple watering and harvesting. The Therapists at the center, use the unlevel surfaces, the wheelchair accessible raised vegetable bed, the various flowers and herbs for sensory integration and therapy enhancement. Elizabeth's Garden is well loved by the children, their families, the staff and the Christ Child Society of Atlanta.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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