Equipping educators with the tools they need to support garden-based learning. 

July 8-10, 2020

National Children and Youth Gardening Symposium


Multiple Sessions

  • Crowdfunding Successes (and Challenges)

  • Return of the Dirt Girls

  • Lessons from the Field: Pathways for Women in Horticulture


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Read more here or here.  

Enhance STE(A)M Education

July 12, 2019

National Children and Youth Gardening Symposium

Madison, WI

Dirt Girls to the Rescue! Gender Equity and Empowerment

In this session, I will outline the conditions for establishing a culture of inclusion by comparing “typical” approaches in garden-based learning with an apprenticeship model.

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Read more about The Dirt Girls here.

Enhance STE(A)M Education

Common Core Cooking and Gardening for the Next Generation

In this presentation, I will demonstrate how cooking and gardening engage children in a purposeful activity that nurtures their bodies and expands their minds. Specifically, I will share best practices for developing standards-aligned lessons for eating as learning based on a multisensory, multimodal, and multicultural approach: Eat-Read-Talk-Write. This classroom-tested pedagogical cycle extends to the school garden with suggested planting, growing, and harvesting activities.

Nurture Wellness

February 5-7, 2020

Southwest Desert Almanac

Phoenix, AZ

Kinders can count...bees!

 In this lesson, kindergarteners become “citizen scientists” by observing, counting, and recording bees in the school garden. 

Click here for the recording sheet adapted for young learners. 

Foster Environmental Literacy

Digging Into Soils

In this session, we will explore the nature of interdependence by considering how matter cycles and energy flows in a soil ecosystem to better understand the role of decomposition in a school garden compost pile.

See the full-day description or register here

Enhance STE(A)M Education

April 11, 2018

School Garden Network of Sonoma County

Garden-Based Learning for Science and Literacy

In this full-day course, participants will examine their background knowledge of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA). Through guided interactive lessons, participants will learn how to meet the standards using the school garden or outdoor classroom. (CEUs available.)

Enhance STE(A)M Education

June 22nd, July 6th, June 20th, and Aug. 3rd, 2020. Deadline to register for CEUs is July 15th.

Sustaining School Gardens

In this four-session course, participants use a Professional Learning Community (PLC) model to collaborate to develop leadership capacity to sustain school gardens.


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Enhance STE(A)M Education

Citizen Science as a Catalyst for Environmental Stewardship 

The students at Pueblo Vista Environmental Science/Dual Immersion Magnet School have been studying human impact on pollinators, incorporating these citizen science projects as a catalyst for environmental stewardship. Using the school garden as an outdoor classroom, bilingual K-5 teachers and students investigate bees, butterflies, beetles, birds and bats within the context of NGSS aligned units of study taught in Spanish.

Foster Environmental Literacy

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E-mail: schoolgardensforlearning@gmail.com  |  Tel: (707) 320-8308

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