Gardening and plant-based learning offers an unparalleled platform to help kids achieve learning goals recommended by the National Science Standards and most state and local educational bodies.
Kids Gardening is a resource of the National Gardening Association. The website shares resources for educators to incorporate school gardening into the curriculum including:
- Classroom Projects
- School Garden Activities
- Obtaining Grants
- Teacher Training at the Associations's National Teacher Institute for Garden-Based Learning
NEEE has numerous lesson plans in its school garden curricula organized by grades: K-4, 5-8, and 9-12.
SSE's mission is to save the world's diverse, but endangered garden heritage. Curriculum materials provided include:
- Kids Gardening Curriculum for Spring (Grades K-6)
- Kids Gardening Curriculum for Fall (Grades 3-8)
- Kids Gardening Curriculum for Winter (Grades 3-8)
- Fund Raising: Sell Seeds instead of Candy Bars!
Created for K-12 schools through a partnership between the US Botanic Garden and the Chicago Botanic Garden, School Garden Wizard provides an outline of steps and assistance for creating gardens in schools.
Community gardens are a high potential resource for schools and other urban areas for urban beautification, preservation of green space, reduction of heat from pavement, provision of cross-generation connections, encouragement of healthy eating, and reduction of family food budgets.
Also, check out the Edible Schoolyard Project for resources, news, and inspiration.
Mark your Calendar
October is National Farm to School Month.