Summer Gardening Programs for Kids Albuquerque NM

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HB and Lucille Horn Family YMCA
(505) 265-6971
4901 Indian School Road NE
Albuquerque, NM
Cost
Varies; see website
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Childcare, Classes, Indoors

McKinley Community Center
(505) 888-8133
3401 Monroe NE
Albuquerque, NM
Hours
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm
Cost
Varies with program
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Childcare, Classes, Indoors, Parents Resources

Working Classroom
(505) 242-9267
212 Gold SW
Albuquerque, NM
Ages
12And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Entertainment, Indoors, Parents Resources

Whittier Community Center
(505) 256-2093
11000 Quincy SE
Albuquerque, NM
Hours
Mon-Fri 7am-6pm
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Indoors, Kids Resources

Menaul School
(505) 341-7243
301 Menaul Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, NM
Hours
June 2-July 11, Mon-Fri 8am-3:30pm
Cost
$600/three-week session; weekly drop-in available
Ages
14-Aug
Services Available
Camps

Thomas Bell Community Center
(505) 848-1332
3001 University SE
Albuquerque, NM
Hours
Mon-Thu 8am-8pm; Fri 8am-6pm
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Childcare, Classes, Indoors

Loma Linda Community Center
(505) 764-1525
1700 Yale SE
Albuquerque, NM
Hours
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm
Cost
Inexpensive
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Childcare, Classes, Indoors

Tingley Beach
(505) 768-2000
1800 Tingley Drive SW
Albuquerque, NM
Hours
Daily, sunrise to sunset
Cost
Free
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Entertainment

Sandia Acrobatic Gymnastics Academy (SAGA)
(505) 884-6949
2832 Girard Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, NM
Cost
Varies; see website
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Classes

Wells Park Community Center
(505) 848-1390
500 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM
Hours
Mon-Fri 7:30am-6pm
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Childcare, Classes, Indoors, Leagues & Teams

Disguised Learning

According to Karen Hickmott, at Myers Action Institute, disguised learning means “the students have so much fun while learning they do not realize they are strengthening their academic skills.” Through the after-school and summer garden program offered to students in kindergarten through fifth grade, this 2010 grant winning program has made numerous topics relevant to their students by encouraging fun in the activities. The after-school program is lead by a site manager, two group leaders, two tutors and one teacher. During the school year, this program provides the students help with homework and tutoring along with lessons about nutrition. There are also opportunities for physical activity, arts and crafts, and music.

Students are involved in this program’s planning by helping decide the field trips they will go on, planning activities, and creating a student governing board. By keeping the students involved at the core of the program they are more likely to see the relevance of its activities in their life. When students get to help decide where the class will go on a field trip they tend to be more enthusiastic about going on the trip and are likely to take more away from the experience than students who only go or do what the teacher selects.

Summer Gardening Program

The summer program is lead by a partnership with four teachers from the elementary school and two teachers from nearby University of Michigan School of Education. During the summer months the academics are based on activities with themes such as the Food Pyramid, Time Travel, the Olympics, and The Magic School Bus. At Myers Action Institute, students have been taught how to make healthy food choices by looking at what they’re eating. Students are taught to identify the food groups on their plate. When there is something the students particularly enjoy eating, leaders help the students learn about the nutritional value. Through this exercise the students learn whether or not the foods they enjoy are good for them. If the choices are good, the leaders will make requests to have that item for future meals/snacks for the students. If it is not a healthy choice, the students are encouraged to think of other choices that are healthier and taste just as good. To re-enforce these lessons, the school nurse does weekly presentations for the students about making healthy nutritional choices. Students learn to eat healthy by making the choice on their own rather than having an adult telling them what to do.

Nutrition from the Garden

One bi-product of gardening with children at school programs is the children tend to look more favorably on eating the produce. They know where their food comes from and have a vested interest in it because their efforts aided in the growth. At Myers Action Institute, students are served a fresh fruit or vegetable snack each day. Making this snack time enjoyable has encouraged...

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