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Sustainability in the Garden—Natural Resources

Learn the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy, with focus on solar energy. Participate in hands-on STEM activities throughout our Gardens and explore how to conserve at home, in school, and in the community.

K-2: Students are engaged with hands-on activities to discover the value of Earth's natural resources. They discover how Longwood is committed to sustainable practices and how they can make a difference at home by reducing, reusing, and recycling.

3-5: Students will explore both renewable and non-renewable resources, experiment with solar detectors, and discover the connection between photosynthesis and solar energy. They will uncover sustainable practices being used throughout Longwood's property and leave with a plan of action to become a better global citizen.

6-8: Students uncover Longwood's sustainable practices, including: solar energy, recycling, composting, and the reuse of water for irrigation. They will experiment with solar cells to recognize solar energy as a renewable resource and discover how everyday behaviors impact the Earth.

Pre- and Post-Activities for Beyond Recycling—Natural Resources

Next Generation Science Standards

Standard: K-8-PS3. Energy

  • K-PS3-1 Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface.
  • 4-PS3-2 Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electrical currents.

Standard: K-8-ESS3. Earth and Human Activity

  • K-ESS3-3 Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.
  • 4-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and that their uses affect the environment.
  • 4-ESS3-2 Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.
  • 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
  • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.