Check out our new Restoration Dye Garden Curriculum!
Eight lessons in biological diversity, resource management, native wisdom, and natural dyeing.
The practice of restoration education utilizes hands-on trainings to teach adults and children that a sustainable material culture can be created while simultaneously restoring the earth’s ecosystems.
Native plant restoration is successfully done by the hands of children—the process gives them an opportunity to dig into the macro-environmental issues of our day, by creating solutions within their own landscape.
These native plantings develop and grow, and become the foundation for natural resources that can be made into useful materials for the study of art, science, history and mathematics. Natural dye harvesting takes place in the second year of the plant’s maturity, depending upon the growth rate of the species.
The creation of natural color goes hand-in-hand with conservation of habitat, the creation of topsoil, and the increase of biodiversity. Through this full cycle of designing, planting, observing, harvesting, and manipulating—students become aware and are exposed to a process with a life-cycle that is regenerative vs. degenerative.
Contact Rebecca Burgess for restoration dye garden consults, educational curricula, and school visits.