The Botanical Garden fascinated the students from Campinas bilingual school.
On August 20th, students from the bilingual school Golden Tigers visited the Plantarum Botanical Garden of Nova Odessa. The Plantarum is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the study and preservation of Brazilian biodiversity through education and research. Open to the public since 2011, this institution has served as a reference for conservation of Brazilian flora, gathering and cultivating over 3500 species of native Brazilian plants.
This extracurricular activity fascinated the students, who got to fully explore the many attractions of the Botanical Gardens: from the meliponary to the wood collection, the plethora of seeds to the variety of herbs available, as well as all different kinds of fruits and dried plants. They even have an elaborate and detailed library, where the students could track how the entire collection was scientifically identified, catalogued, and subsequently organized.
“The children experienced something truly unique. They had direct contact with our environment and so many rare species of vegetation. There are seeds there that can be cultivated in up to 100 years! They interacted with medicinal plants, smelled rich aromatic scents, tried edible flowers, saw lots of fruit trees, and visited themed gardens and lakes. They also familiarized themselves with plants used to make food coloring. The Botanical Gardens are quite extraordinary; such a rich center of information. It allows for comprehensive studies and exploration of the genetics and reproduction of our beautiful Brazilian diversity,” noted Maria José Ieks, academic director of Tigrinhos & Golden Tigers School.
Maria José explained that every extracurricular activity enriches the students’ experiences. A visit to the Botanical Gardens connects with what they have been learning here at school, as well as the values Golden Tigers instills in its students. They are developing knowledge deeply linked to sustainability and the environment. They transferred their understanding of ecologically friendly practices— like the composting they do at school— to better grasp all the intricate details involved in maintaining a Botanical Garden: materials, techniques, soil, space, etc. According to the students themselves, they fell in love with the organic garden and all the exceptional plants it incorporated. “The Botanical Garden even has a restaurant whose menu includes recipes made with their very own plants, so that visitors can fully appreciate the different vegetal species’ relationship to the culinary arts,” observed the director.
Want to know more about the Plantarum Botanical Garden? Visit: http://www.plantarum.org.br/