Benefits of Gardening for Children

Yost, Bambi and Chawla, Louise; Children, Youth and Environments Center for Research and Design; University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center

Gardening provides different forms of engagement for children, including designing, planting, and maintaining gardens; harvesting, preparing, and sharing food; working cooperatively in groups; learning about science and nutrition; and creating art and stories inspired by gardens. The studies summarized have been selected because they include control groups, pre- and post-measures, well controlled correlations, or in-depth qualitative analyses. For more studies, see Blair (2009), "The child in the garden: An evaluative review of the benefits of school gardening."

Pedagogical Area
  • agricultural/ food education
  • outdoor education, experiential education
Subject Area
  • science, math, engineering, technology (STEM)
  • agriculture, plant and soil science, food systems
Delivery Area
  • school based
  • out of school time/after school
  • on site day programs (nature center, farm, etc.)
Participant Area
  • student
  • program
  • school
Demographic Area
  • special education
Age Area
  • early childhood (2-5 years old)
  • elementary (6-11 years old)
  • middle school (12-14 years old)