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We keep this in mind each time we deliver our signature curriculum. Through The HEAL Project's (THP) Intensive Garden Programs at select schools and summer camps, trainings and field trips at the San Mateo County School Farm, thousands of pre-K through12th grade students each year benefit from THP's environmental programming. Students throughout San Mateo County visit the 2.5 acre San Mateo County School Farm, north of Half Moon Bay, to experience our outdoor classrooms and living labs. Our fun, hands-on activities are firmly rooted in solid science and support the a-ha! moments that enable students to make the vital connections between themselves and the world around them.
THP provides opportunities for students of all ages to learn where their food comes from, many students arrive at the farm having never tasted a fresh-picked vegetable! When kids dig their hands into the soil, plant a seed, harvest and taste produce, then hike in the outdoors to experience first-hand how water travels through a landscape, they make the connection between where their food comes from and how the way it is grown affects not only their health but the health of the environment around them.
"Thank you so much for such a wonderful day! Your educational field trip is by far one of the best programs I have ever taken a class to. ... This was a very special learning experience for the students and has inspired me to renew my efforts to dedicate more time to the outdoor classroom. Thank you so much for your dedication and passion"
-Pauline Shue, 3rd Grade Teacher, El Granada Elementary School - November 2016 Field Trip
"So many things we take for granted, that things grow in the ground, use sun and water to live are made tangible for my daughter every week. She is able to make a regular, real connection to the natural world. She enjoys the recipes they make and has made both the chard salad and the lemonade regular household dishes. She is motivated to take care of the earth, not through guilt which is so prevalent today, but through pride and a sense of partnership with the greater natural world."
- Steph, parent of Hatch Elementary School 3rd grader - Fall 2016 Intensive Garden Program