Location: Karlsruhe, Germany
City population: 287,412
Project duration: 2010 - ongoing
Project cost: Unknown
Financing source(s): Public local authority's budget

Eco-pedagogical school garden

Ökologischer Lerngarten Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe

The eco-pedagogical garden is an initiative of the University of Education in Karlsruhe on its own territory. Its goal is to provide a space for hands-on learning about sustainable development, biodiversity and ecosystems for students. Based on that, they develop ideas about how to implement such gardens in schools and best teach future students about these issue areas. About 120 students participate in this coursework which forms an integral part of their studies, learn about efficient gardening and how to organize and administer school gardening activities (Ref. 2 and 3).

Urban setting

  • Grey infrastructure with green features
    • Institutional green space
  • Allotments and community gardens
    • Community gardens
    • Horticulture

Key challenges

  • Climate action for adaptation, resilience and mitigation (SDG 13)
  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Sustainable consumption and production (SDG 12)

Main beneficiaries

  • Public sector institution (e.g. school or hospital)
  • Researchers/University
Project objectives
Facilitate access to biodiversity for children and teenagers via participatory measures (Ref. 2) Prepare students for ecosystem and nature-related teaching and respective skills development both content-wise and methodologically (Ref. 3) Prepare students for teaching sustainable development in schools and pre-schools (Ref. 2) Creating secure habitats for species and fauna (Ref. 3)
Implementation activities
During the semester and holidays outdoor courses with differing focus areas are offered which are anchored in the curriculum and range from biological diversity, agro-biodiversity, bee-keeping, resource-friendly lifestyles, education about health and diets, soils to climate change and its impacts on the growth of plants. During summer, students take over responsibility for maintenance of garden elements such as biotopes, plant crops and work autonomously on practice-oriented research. Based on their personal interests, they can extend their knowledge on educational concepts and methods in the library. Once a year, there is an open house event where representatives of the city council, relevant ministries, but also teachers and students of other schools can visit the garden and participate in the activities prepared by the students. Apart from the vegetable garden, the garden has a biotope, nature and wilderness area which serves as a sanctuary for birds & small mammals (Ref. 2 and 3).

Type of initiating organisation

  • Public sector institution (e.g. school or hospital)

Management set-up

Led by non-government actors

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Co-planning
  • Dissemination of information and education
  • Joint implementation (e.g. tree planting)
  • Co-management/Joint management
Project implemented in response to ...
... an EU policy or strategy? No
... a national policy or strategy? No
... a local policy or strategy? No
Expected impacts
  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Sustainable consumption and production (SDG 12)
Details on impacts and indicators used In addition to green space, habitats and biodiversity which are enhanced by the project, there is another benefit not mentioned above I would like to add here: education about sustainability, ecosystems and biodiversity by providing a learning-by-doing environment that sparks interest, autonomous research and skills development (Ref. 2). Since students are prepared to teach their parents about sustainable development and lifestyles, this could also improve sustainable consumption and production in the long run (Ref. 3)

Presence of formal monitoring system

No

Presence of indicators used in reporting

Unknown

Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports

No

Availability of a web-based monitoring tool

Unknown
  • Eco-pedagogical school in Karlsruhe
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    Photographer: Dorothee Benkowitz (2018), retrieved 08/10/2018
  • Eco-pedagogical school in Karlsruhe
    Eco-pedagogical school in Karlsruhe
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    Photographer: Dorothee Benkowitz (2010), retrieved 08/10/2018
  • Eco-pedagogical school in Karlsruhe
    Eco-pedagogical school in Karlsruhe
    License: 
    Photographer: Dorothee Benkowitz (2010), retrieved 08/10/2018
  • Eco-pedagogical school in Karlsruhe
    Eco-pedagogical school in Karlsruhe
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    Photographer: Dorothee Benkowitz (2013), retrieved 08/10/2018

 

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