School’s learning garden is about more than just plants

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – With the addition of a new Captain Planet Learning Garden this week, Nardin Academy’s “Sustainable Nardin” initiative took a big step forward. The program, now in its third year, teaches students about the environment through project-based learning in the classroom.

The new garden joins an already vibrant pollination garden on the school’s grounds visible from Cleveland Drive in the Elmwood Village. Seventh graders at Nardin use milk weed from that garden to feed the monarch caterpillars they raise each fall. Once they become butterflies, the school holds a release party. Then the butterflies migrate to Mexico for the winter. It’s a tradition both the teachers and the students look forward to.

“Before we release them, we tag them with the University of Kansas, and they will track the migration of the butterflies. So if any of our butterflies are ever recaptured or found down in Mexico, where they winter, we would find out about it,” explained Seventh Grade Science Teacher Nicca Lebeda.

Introduction to the Sustain Nardin Initiative starts with the kindergartners at the school.

“Part of our curriculum is to teach the five senses,” explained Teacher Diana Maskell. “So having this available to us, they’re able to see things, smell things, and we can talk about them inside and outside of the classroom.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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