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Wonder in the Garden

Intergenerational Description of Joint Project

Intergenerational programs are an important part of daily life at Parker Stonegate Assisted Living and our Child Development Center.  The pre-school class visits weekly and one of  intergenerational activities include nature walks.  On this particular morning, the horticulture therapist led residents and students outside to explore the colors, smells and sounds of nature.  Mr. Wagner was happy to pull the branch down so Liam could get a better view of the leaves.  Look closely at the picture to find the small purple flower Liam presented to Mr. Wagner moments before.

Celebration of Rachel Carson’s Sense of Wonder

Exploring nature together gives the “grandmas,”  “grandpas” and children the opportunity to share the beauty of each season.  The children picked flowers and herbs to share with residents and the residents accepted each as a precious gift.  Senses were engaged as they enjoyed the fragrance, color and felt each leaf and petal.  As Mr. Wagner pointed out the wonders of nature, Liam pointed out every ant!  As Rachel Carson said, “…if a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”  Mr. Wagner was happy to oblige.

a young boy examines a tree with the help of an old man

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