School gardens provide hands-on learning activities. Children can get their hands dirty with digging, tilling, planting, and harvesting. Some classrooms even prep and cook their produce from the garden to come full circle with the process. These activities not only provide an opportunity for children to learn about the science behind gardening but also teach basic life skills. In a school garden setting children can be exposed to important social skills, such as interpersonal, communication, anger control, and stress management.

These skills are extremely important to ensure socially responsible adults. School gardens provide an opportunity for group work to take place. Students can work together to problem solve and work through problems they might face together. They are able to make their own decisions, manage problems, and gain a sense of responsibility while working together in their groups.