MELA lesson

The Minnesota Excellence in Learning Academy teamed up with us, GROW, to help build and facilitate a new school garden. Students are helping design and pick the location of the garden.  GROW will help plan the installation and lead hands-on lessons to provide environmental science and health education.  GROW will provide staff support and stability for the garden programming.

In 2019, we were able to engage students in picking the location and designing the garden. Then, a group of volunteers and the students helped install the very first pieces of the garden.

With the eight raised beds, students were able to plant seeds and transplant and engage in fall garden lessons.

In 2020, we will be completing the garden and launching science garden lessons.

Minnesota Excellence in Learning Academy is a charter school located in Maple Grove, MN.  This school serves 220 students, 95% of which receive free and reduced lunch.  98% of students are of color.  We envision giving these children an outdoor learning space that will connect them to healthy food and nature.

Let's make this project a reality for children at the Minnesota Excellence in Learning Academy


Thank you donors:

Grove Health Dental

Carrie O'Neill

Emma Hanlin
Renee Hanlin
Sharon Hanlin

Cynthia Kuenzel- Thrivent Action Teams

We are currently seeking donors and sponsors!

All donations get us closer to the goal...even $5 helps.



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