SECREd Garden: The Beginning

$3,260
65%
Raised toward our $5,000 Goal
23 Donors
12
days left
Project ends on October 31, at 11:59 PM PDT
Project Owners

First Week Success!

October 05, 2020

Thank you for your support!

 

We have been overwhelmed with the incredible success of the crowdfunding over the last week!  In four short days we reached over 30% of our goal!  We are grateful for the continued support!

 

This project is important to us in many ways, namely, that many opportunities will exist for children who are traditionally omitted from early STEM learning experiences.  Why does this matter?  The STEM workforce is a rapidly growing field across the US and around the world, however, the field illustrates a significant gap in diversity across many STEM related sectors.  Women, Hispanics, and Blacks are significantly underrepresented in STEM fields.  Of those individuals that do enter the STEM field, they are consistently underpaid representing another critical economic gap (Funk & Parker, 2018).  

 

Opportunities for children in garden classrooms allows for the space to explore, inquire, and solve problems in an environment that limits those barriers that are found in traditional classroom spaces.  Such opportunities influence a students' long-term interest in STEM learning and academics, thereby increasing the likelihood that girls and children from marginalized communities continue to seek out STEM interests.  This is important for a diverse STEM field that includes all voices, experiences, and varied expertise!

 

Please consider sharing our crowdfunding campaign so that we can continue to prepare for this wonderful space where ALL children can discover their love for the natural world through exploration, play, and early scientific inquiry! 

 

Thank you for your support! 

SECREd Garden Demonstration Program

 

 

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Choose a giving level

$10

Become Friends of the Garden

Research has shown us that plants can help children learn. Outdoor learning spaces can improve concentration, focus, and reduce stress (Han KT, 2009). Your donation will support new outdoor learning experiences for children!

$20

Garden Party

Did you know that the more time spent in a garden influences your exposure to vitamin D, which increases calcium levels, helping your bones and immune system! Your $20 donation will support wonderful curricular activities in the garden!

$50

Soils and Seeds, oh my!

Planning and preparing a garden has many steps! From soils, to water, and proper sunlight, garden success is dependent on a healthy foundation! With your contribution of $50, we can begin prepping a healthy beginning for SECREd Garden!

$100

Busy as a Bee!

With a $100 donation, your name will be included on a stepping stone in our garden space commemorating your support!

$200

Hands Across the Garden

The health, social, and economic impacts of community gardens spaces are diverse. From improved access to food, nutrition, and physical activity, community gardens promote social health and community cohesion. Your generous donation of $200 will allow us to broaden our community outreach capacity and will earn you a stepping stone in the garden commemorating your community building efforts in the garden!

$500

Master Planners

With a donation of $500, your generosity will allow us to plan, market, and design all elements of a successful program. Your name will be included on a placard on a wall in the garden and will also be included on our program literature as a Founding Master Planner!

$1,000

SECREd Garden Benefactor

A $1,000 donation will allow us to support critical infrastructure, including garden beds, irrigation, lighting, and major equipment. Your name will be included on a placard on a commemorative wall within the site and will also be included in all program literature.