Resource Library

Resource Library

Looking for inspiration? Dig into these top-rated resources! Use the filters to explore guides, curricula, webinars and more for teaching and learning through the garden. 

Submit a Resource

Featured Resources

Library Entry List
27 Entries
 
 
3 months ago

Increasing Inclusion in the School Garden

Garden-based education is for everyone! As garden education professionals we have a responsibility to our students to make the amazing learning that happens around a garden bed accessible and engaging to all of our students. In 2016 we set out to increase our ability to include learners with diverse learning needs through the adaptation of our educational practices, materials, and curriculum. This packet is a compilation of the information we learned through this 12-month project. We hope it can be of use to other garden educators.


#Guides
#Preschool/ECE
#ElementarySchool
#MiddleSchool
#EdibleGardens
#Free

Attachments
3 months ago

Seeds of Wonder logo

Project S.O.W. (Seeds of Wonder): Food Gardening with Justice in Mind, a food gardening curriculum for educators who work with young people ages 13-19, centering personal growth, community connection, and equity.

In Project S.O.W., youth work together to investigate how to grow food, explore their relationship with the land and food system, and practice leadership in their communities. Youth discover the power of food gardening to provide their families and communities with fresh and affordable food, and experience firsthand the resilience, confidence, and connection that this time-honored practice brings.

The curriculum has four units, each having three types of group activities: Introductory (shorter length activities that focus on trust, community building, and seeing what the group already knows on a particular topic), Digging In (lengthier activities that explore a topic more deeply and add new information), and Gardening (activities that focus on growing food and garden care). In each unit, we connect activities to New York State Learning Standards and 4-H Life Skills. This curriculum has been created for groups of 6 to 20 participants, yet is adaptable to smaller and larger groups, and can be used in a wide variety of school, afterschool, and community settings. All youth engaged in Project S.O.W. are encouraged to have a food gardening experience. The curriculum has been designed with flexibility to support youth having diverse growing experiences- indoors or outdoors; in containers or the ground. We define a garden as any space that you intentionally cultivate plants.


#Curriculum
#HighSchool
#Community
#History/SocialStudies
#EdibleGardens
#Standards-aligned
#Free

Attachments
4 months ago

Cover page for the resource with an image of a person watering a garden and the title text

This innovative resource, created in partnership with City Blossoms, is informed by the work of their Youth Entrepreneurship Cooperative (YEC) program. It is complete with templates and tools to support anyone interested in connecting high school youth with gardens and entrepreneurship skill-building.

WHAT YOU WILL FIND INSIDE: This workbook includes in-depth insights from City Blossoms staff, who have committed more than seven years to growing the YEC program. This resource gives insight into City Blossoms' philosophy for: recruiting participants; forming local partnerships; designing a safe and inviting meeting space; and launching a youth-led cooperative business. This workbook is filled with guiding questions to assist others in developing their own unique adaptation of this program.


#Guides
#FeaturedResource
#HighSchool
#Adult
#Science
#Math
#Literacy/ELA
#Environment
#Nutrition
#Free
#EdibleGardens
#GettingStarted
#Projects/Crafts

Attachments
4 months ago

Illustrated drawing of a strawberry plant

Developed by educators at Rooted, this is a short guide to getting started in the garden, for educators looking to begin gardening but overwhelmed by the amount of information out there! Plants Want to Grow includes a guide to climate zone maps, reading seed packets, and transplanting your baby seedlings into the garden. 

Some information in this guide is specific to gardening in Wisconsin but most of the information is applicable to any new or beginner gardener. 


#Guides
#Preschool/ECE
#Science
#Literacy/ELA
#Environment
#EdibleGardens
#Nutrition
#GettingStarted
#Free

Attachments
8 months ago

Title of Starting and Maintaining a School Garden on a green background with a paragraph of intro text below it

School gardens are an integral part of farm to school programs and offer a multitude of educational opportunities. This fact sheet offers steps and considerations for starting a school garden, including: collaboration, goals and design, funding, planting, maintaining, supplies, curriculum and benefits.


#One-pager
#Preschool/ECE
#ElementarySchool
#MiddleSchool
#HighSchool
#GettingStarted
#Free

Attachments
8 months ago



Looking for a nature based homeschooling curriculum that’s exciting, easy to use, and created by expert educators? How about monthly videos, activities, and live classes? 

The Home Garden Classroom: Kids and Adults Learning & Gardening Together is a fun “edutainment” subscription that's a convenient, supportive, and affordable way to integrate STEM and garden based learning experiences into your child’s education. This curriculum, created by professional educators, is geared toward kids aged 5-10, aligns with NYS Common Core standards, and is guaranteed to bring joy and wonder into the lives of you and your little ones!


#Digital/Interactive
#LessonPlans
#Activities
#Curriculum
#Videos
#Guides
#ElementarySchool
#Science
#Math
#Literacy/ELA
#Environment
#Pollinators
#Soil
#IndoorGardening
#EdibleGardens
#GettingStarted
#Projects/Crafts
#Flowers
#Nutrition
#Standards-aligned

Attachments
8 months ago

Book cover with graphic fruits and vegetables, a child holding broccoli over their face, and the words Celebrating Seasonality

Celebrating Seasonality: Wisconsin-Grown Recipes for the Early Childhood Setting is a collection of twelve child-friendly recipes for the ECE setting that feature seasonal fruits and vegetables. These fun breakfast, lunch, and snack recipes promote the use of Wisconsin-grown produce in all ECE settings. Recipes are scaled for 8 and 25 servings and include serving sizes for different ages groups and CACFP crediting information. Celebrating Seasonality also includes information to help you find more local foods, a seasonality chart of Wisconsin crops, interviews with Wisconsin farmers, and stories from Wisconsin ECE sites serving local foods.

Celebrating Seasonality in available in both English and Spanish and features universal recipes using produce available in many geographic regions.


#Recipes
#Preschool/ECE
#Nutrition
#Cooking
#AvailableinMultipleLangauges
#Free

Attachments
8 months ago

Curriculum book

To help grow a classroom of thriving students, the new Junior Master Gardener - Early Childhood Learn, Grow, Eat & Go curriculum combines rich plant/garden learning, food exposure, fun brain- & body-boosting physical activities, AND novel parent/school community engagement in a fun, teacher-friendly format!

Save planning time with this step-by-step, 4 week unit that equips teachers with daily engaging lessons, group activities, and journal prompts that lead your class to create a simple, thriving vegetable garden. Weekly featured songs, literature connections, classroom garden kitchen recipes, innovative family engagement tools, and effective center resources complement learning and maximize benefits to students.

Faculty from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and University of Nebraska - Lincoln Extension, created this curricula with support from Head Start teachers, kindergarten teachers, and content experts in the field of early childhood development. This multifaceted garden, nutrition, and physical activity curriculum is specially designed for teachers of 4 & 5-year-old children.


#Curriculum
#Preschool/ECE
#Science
#Math
#Literacy/ELA
#Environment
#Nutrition
#EdibleGardens
#GettingStarted
#Projects/Crafts
#AvailableinMultipleLangauges

Attachments
8 months ago

Cover page of curriculum book with sample pages on the side



Learn, Grow, Eat & GO! is a curricula of the International Junior Master Gardener program. Created by Extension faculty/staff, teachers, nutrition and gardening experts, this multifaceted evidenced-based curricula integrates gardening, nutrition, healthy eating and physical activity into an academically rich curricula.

Through a linear set of hands-on, proven lessons, students will gain understand how plants grow and how plants provide for people's needs. The 10-week (2 lessons/week) unit of study will step a class through the process of establishing a garden, growing and eating from the garden, and integrates math, science, reading, and social studies into the curricula. Curricula, classroom sets of student garden journals, and accompanying children's literature books utilized within the curricula are available for purchase through the Junior Master Gardener website. Additionally, sample lessons, garden kitchen recipe videos, individual student garden journal pages, parent support materials and other resources are available for free through the website. The entire LGEG curricula, garden kitchen recipes, student garden journals, and parent letters are available in both English and Spanish.

This curricula was evaluated through a USDA AFRI grant for obesity prevention in children and all content was pilot tested by teachers, volunteers, and youth educators. Details on this longitudinal study and behavioral outcomes can be found on the research section of the website. Content experts related to youth education, horticulture, nutrition, and parenting provided review of content.


#Curriculum
#FeaturedResource
#ElementarySchool
#Science
#Math
#Literacy/ELA
#Environment
#History/SocialStudies
#Nutrition
#EdibleGardens
#GettingStarted
#AvailableinMultipleLangauges

Attachments
9 months ago

Graphic art of some plants, pollinators, and buildings with Growing a Wild NYC on top

This K-5 curriculum from National Wildlife Federation was designed to engage students in learning about pollinator habitats, the connections between plants and animals, and our role in the environment. It is a placed-based curriculum which allows students to learn about biodiversity, ecosystems and habitats through direct experience and observation. The culmination is the creation of their own schoolyard pollinator habitat.

The curriculum is organized by season, beginning in September. The lessons reflect what is happening in nature and take advantage of opportunities for field observation. Although it says "Growing A Wild NYC" this curriculum is useable in any urban environment.


#Curriculum
#Preschool/ECE
#ElementarySchool
#Science
#Math
#Literacy/ELA
#Environment
#Pollinators
#Free

Attachments
9 months ago

Cover art for a guide with text National Wildlife Federation Schoolyard Habitats Planning Guide above a group of school aged kids each holding a potted plant

NWF's Schoolyard Habitats Guide helps communities to plan, build, and maintain a NWF Schoolyard Habitats® garden, leading you through a clear, step-by-step process. You’ll also find Green STEAM learning opportunities for students and many environment-based teaching tools.


#Guides
#LessonPlans
#Activities
#Preschool/ECE
#ElementarySchool
#MiddleSchool
#Science
#Math
#Literacy/ELA
#Environment
#Pollinators
#GettingStarted
#Free
#FeaturedResource

Attachments
9 months ago

Two young boys smiling and each holding a chicken

Shelburne Farms' Cultivating Joy and Wonder brings Education for Sustainability into your early childhood classroom through engaging activities, essays, and resources that encourage children to explore and engage in the world around them.

Includes more than 75 “facilitated learning experiences” organized around four “threads” that flow through the seasons: Who Are We?, Who Lives Here?, What’s Happening?, and How Are We Connected?


#Curriculum
#Activities
#LessonPlans
#Preschool/ECE
#ElementarySchool
#Environment
#Soil
#EdibleGardens
#Free
#Featured Resource
#Composting

Attachments
9 months ago

Text reading BackPocket Activities for Home or Garden over image of leaf prints on paper

BackPocket Learning was created by Life Lab with support from Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation.

BackPocket Learning is collection of activities that every garden educator or parent should have in their “Back Pocket”.

The activities referenced on this searchable directory are based on the following criteria:

  1. Minimal materials needed. Most everything you need to do these activities you already have.

  2. Ease of implementation. 

  3. Encourages outdoor exploration such as stepping out on your porch, in your yard or garden. 

  4. Healthy, plant-based recipes with easily accessible ingredients.

  5. Not screen-based (with the exception of some instructional videos).


#Activities
#Preschool/ECE
#ElementarySchool
#Science
#Pollinators
#Soil
#IndoorGardening
#EdibleGardens
#Nutrition
#Projects/Crafts
#Flowers
#Free
#AvailableinMultipleLangauges

Attachments
9 months ago

Blue text with icons describing each six lesson themes


The FoodCorps Lessons for food and garden educators includes hands-on experiential activities to engage kids in learning about healthy food. Lessons are organized by grade, season, and theme; are tied to national academic standards; and were developed following Culturally Responsive Teaching, Place Based Learning, and Social and Emotional Learning best practices and frameworks.


This suite of 96 lessons are for grades K-5.


#LessonPlans
#Activities
#Science
#Math
#Literacy/ELA
#EdibleGardens
#Nutrition
#Free
#Standards-aligned

Attachments
9 months ago

Two painted stick figures in red and yellow

Early childhood sites can foster strong family partnerships with farm to ECE activities. Family engagement is central to early care and education quality. When families are involved in education, children benefit, the program benefits, and families benefit.

This resource from Rooted has ideas on how to use farm to ECE to engage families.


#Guides
#Toddler/Infant
#Preschool/ECE
#Nutrition
#GettingStarted
#Free
#Community

Attachments
9 months ago

Black and white image of two people composting outside and a arrows with plants going around the image indicating a cycle. Text above reads Do the Rot Thing: A Teacher's Guide to Compost Activities

Hands on activities for composting and vermicomposting in school!

By using the activities in this guide, you will be joining thousands of teachers across the country in bringing compost into the classroom as a valuable teaching tool. The activities you’ll find in Do the Rot Thing are hands-on and encourage student exploration and learning.

Do the Rot Thing has been made available to educators through the efforts of the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District in collaboration with the Northern Vermont Composting Partnership.


#Elementary School
#Lesson Plans
#Activities
#LessonPlans
#Science
#ElementarySchool
#Sci