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For more information, testimonials or to schedule a visit to see our programs in action, contact our Executive Director, Howard Baker, 781-736-2200 or baker@brandeis.edu.

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Our integrated garden and playground are made possible by donations from families and corporations who share our passion for environmental protection and children’s bond with the natural world. We're seeking funding to maintain and expand our programs to include community groups and corporate sponsors from Waltham and surrounding towns. The budget to accomplish our 5-year expansion plan is $250K ($50K per year for 5 years). Please help us provide these vital experiences for children, families and a sustainable future.

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Environmental Education

Environmental Education at Lemberg

Environmental Education is essential for children and our community. At the Lemberg Children’s Center, we educate children to care about conservation, energy use, gardening, healthy eating, and the interdependence of all life. The Firefly Scientists’ Community Garden and Playground is a creative, exploratory space for children and our collaborating partners to experience nature, food production and community engagement.  Within our environmental education program, we teach much-needed social/emotional skills such as empathy, self-reflection and self-reliance. Our learning garden provides practical knowledge, peace, wonder and joy to our participants.

Our integrated garden and playground are funded by generous donations from families and corporations who share our passion for environmental protection and children’s bond with the natural world. We are launching a 5-year expansion plan and need your help.

Why Environmental Education?

In our densely packed urban setting and our technology-crowded lives, many people have insufficient opportunity to experience the natural environment. Additionally, families need access to healthy food options and nutrition awareness.  Spending time in the garden reduces stress and promotes reverence for life. When children tend plants, observe nature, or taste fresh-picked produce, they participate in building their own environment. They learn to care, collaborate, and appreciate each other and the world around them.

Children's involvement in gardening has been shown (by dozens of studies and literature reviews) to increase curiosity for new foods, nutrition awareness and preference for fruits and vegetables. Our environmental education programs support children's nutrition at school and at home.

At Lemberg, students learn how to plant, harvest, and compost. Our children become adventurous eaters who love the tastes of kale, radishes and basil. They examine seeds, plant parts, insects, and worms. They know that living soil grows healthy food and use our produce to make smoothies, kale chips, pickles, pizza, pesto and other delicious dishes. We share our bounty with the community through family restaurant days, farmer’s markets, and food donations.

To See our programs in action:

Watch our video of children in the learning garden. (created by Brandeis student intern, Mennen Gordon)