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Our Program

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EcoSpaces is a co-curricular program designed to give students the tools to lead healthy lives. Utilizing multidimensional learning environments, we seek to inspire students to embrace the highest levels of nutritional stewardship. It is our goal to educate students on food, wellness, and sustainability through hands-on, interactive learning so that they will make informed decisions to benefit their bodies and enhance their understanding of the interconnectedness of all living things.

Our Goal

An increase in food literacy means more fruit and vegetable consumption and healthier eating practices. Healthier eating practices means healthy kids and healthier adults. So why not?

An increase in food literacy means more fruit and vegetable consumption and healthier eating practices. Healthier eating practices means healthy kids and healthier adults. So why not?

We want to be an inspiration for educators, foodservice professionals, and parents in creating healthy relationships between children, food and wellness. We are here to provide resources and ideas in order to encourage a holistic approach to building this powerful relationship.

We teach through participation, demonstration, and food — it’s cycle, and its effects on our bodies. With an understanding of how food is grown, nurtured, harvested, cooked and served, students develop a comprehensive understanding of its importance and how best to make decisions concerning their bodies and their communities.

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Students benefit from learning outdoors while strengthening their healthy relationships with food.

We believe it is not enough to tell children to eat healthy food. It is important they take ownership of their decisions around food. Using hands-on learning environments and providing healthy meals both in, and outside of the school, children are empowered to make healthy decisions.

When a child learns how food grows, knows how to prepare it, understands the importance of eating whole foods, and appreciates the community created by sitting down at the table, he/she is on a journey towards a lifetime of health.

Our aim is to get children to:

  • Learn how food grows
  • Learn how to cook
  • Eat whole foods
  • Know the power of the table

Learning Environments

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Using various hands-on learning environments and providing healthy meals both in, and outside of the school, children naturally begin to understand and are empowered to make healthy decisions.

  • The Dining Room  — Whether at school or at home, this is where children nourish their bodies.
  • The Teaching Kitchen  — An environment for hands-on learning; where whole foods are turned into healthy meals.
  • The Garden  — A space where children begin to understand where their food comes from.

By using these interactive environments and linking them with core curriculum or direct lessons of health, students get excited about learning, engage their senses, retain information longer and are empowered with the knowledge and comprehensive understanding of the food cycle. Once this healthy relationship is established, we are setting the foundation for a life-time of good choices around food. And as we know, good food choices increase the chances for healthier lives.

Our Learning Environments

The Dining Room

The Dining Room is where students and staff eat as a community and where life lessons come alive.

The Garden

We integrate gardening activities with core curriculum, as well as physical and social education.

The Teaching Kitchen

The Teaching Kitchen is where hands-on activities bring classroom subjects together.

The Home

A holistic approach to learning requires bringing healthy lessons to our homes and communities.