The Durango Botanical Society interprets the public education component of its mission broadly. While much of our interaction is with adult gardeners, engaging future gardeners and sustainers of public gardens is equally important. DBS docents give numerous tours of our gardens to school groups throughout the year. However, we also go to schools as well. This is exemplified by our long and fruitful connection with St. Columba Parish School, an independent Catholic school for pre-K through 8thgrade. Those who walk by the school may have noticed a number of raised bed gardens, tended by the youngsters. Those gardens also provide a fundraising opportunity for the school and DBS docents are very much involved.
When the seed growing project begins, DBS docents explain the parts of the seed and what a seed will need to grow successfully. They also guide the children as they plant their seeds. The children learn to experience the thrill of seeing their work produce handsome seedlings, which also raise money to buy items needed at the parish food pantry.