• Welcome to Mill Road School Garden
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    The Mill Road School Garden is a vibrant outdoor educational space for Red Hook's Elementary School students to learn and grow from hands-on environmental programming. Its purpose is to guide our inquisitive children to a greater understanding of the natural world around them, feeding their inherent curiosity about everything from the soil beneath our feet to the foods we eat. Core subjects like Math, Science, Social Studies and ELA are woven into every lesson, reinforcing the classroom's curriculum through experiential learning. Garden educators and classroom teachers work together to develop garden curriculum that seeks to instill a sense of stewardship and appreciation for our community and those that live within it. Lessons in the garden include not only horticulture, composting, and sustainability, but also map making, creature studies, cooking, problem solving, life cycles and more!  Visitors are welcome in the garden, so please reach out to your child's teacher if you are interested in coming to a garden class as a volunteer. We'd love to have you!
    We are so fortunate to have the support of our wonderful community! Thank you to the The Ascienzo Family Foundation and Emerson Foundation for their generous support! We would also like to thank Red Hook Education Foundation, Four Corners Community Farm, and the Edible Schoolyard Project for their continued support.

Environmental Education Books

  • Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth

    by Mary McKenna Siddals Year Published: 2010

    Easy to read picture book useful for learning the alphabet and the ABC's of composting!

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  • City Green

    by DyAnne Disalvo-Ryan Year Published: 1994

    Classic children's book on how one individual can make a huge difference in their community. The book also comes with a guide to start your own community garden!

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  • Kate, Who Tamed the Wind

    by Liz Garton Scanlon Year Published: 2018

    An easy read along book that educates its readers on the importance of trees both locally and globally. Problem-solving, determination, and nature-based solutions are all central themes.

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  • The Water Princess

    by Susan Verde Year Published: 2016

    A story illustrating the danger and daily struggle of accessing clean water and sanitation for many communities in the present day. This story is a great contrast to our comparatively water-rich region, where it is easy to take that access for granted.

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  • We Are Water Protectors

    by Carole Lindstrom Year Published: 2020

    A book centered around the environmental activism of Indigenous peoples with special attention paid to the stewardship of water resources

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  • The Lonely Polar Bear

    by Khoa Lee Year Published: 2018

    An introduction to the core concepts of climate change through the lens of a little polar bear's journey in the fragile Arctic ecosystem.

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  • Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist

    by Jessica Keating Year Published: 2017

    The story of Eugenie Clark's fight against gender norms and the harmful misconceptions of sharks to become a leading expert in zoology. A fantastic depiction of the determination and passion it takes to be a scientist with lots of shark facts!

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  • Pangolina

    by Jane Goodall Year Published: 2021

    Beautifully illustrated and very informative, this book highlights the power of empathy and conservation in the face of animal trafficking and extinction.

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Last Modified on September 29, 2023