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  • Friday
    2
    September

    Teaching in Nature’s Classroom: a free online course for educators

    Sep 2 - Dec 19, (CT)
    This course is presented by Rooted, Life Lab, and Wisconsin School Garden Network. Registration is now open for the fall session of Teaching in Nature 's Classroom! Cost: Free! Participants also have the option of registering for 2 graduate credits through the University of the Pacific. Dates: September 2- December 19. 2022 (15 weeks) This is a self-directed, 30-hour course so you can choose to work at a faster pace and finish the course earlier than December 19. Location: Online through Google Classroom Course Description: The course, developed as a companion to the book Teaching in Nature ’s Classroom: Principles of Garden-Based Education , is an opportunity for educators new to outdoor and garden-based learning, as well as educators who are experienced in the field, to consider best practices and reflect on their own teaching practice in outdoor learning environments, with a focus on school and community youth gardens. Upon completion of the 30-hour course, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.

  • Wednesday
    18
    January

    GSG Summit Webinar Series: Music in the Garden

    Jan 18, 11:00:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM (PT)
    This webinar series is presented by the School Garden Support Organization Network. Bring the learnings of the April 2022 Growing School Gardens Summit home with this six month webinar series, featuring a variety of presentations from the Summit. This session will demonstrate how to incorporate multi-sensory musical experiences into your school garden curriculum. Symon Hajjar of Hot Toast Music Co. will share songs and lesson ideas, lead activities, and facilitate discussion about how to take advantage of the integrated learning opportunities found in a garden. You will leave with a fresh perspective on teaching, practical tips and tricks for working with different age groups, and a host of creative musical ideas to try out with your classes. You will even find out how to turn vegetables into real instruments! The session will be interactive and cover a wide array of topics connected to teaching from the garden including: composting, entomology, how to plant a seed, the food web, and more!

  • Wednesday
    15
    February

    GSG Summit Webinar Series: Decolonizing Garden Education

    Feb 15, 11:00:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM (PT)
    This webinar series is presented by the School Garden Support Organization Network. Bring the learnings of the April 2022 Growing School Gardens Summit home with this six month webinar series, featuring a variety of presentations from the Summit. The global Covid-19 pandemic created multiple challenges and tragedies. It also emphasized the social-emotional importance of being outdoors and learning from the land. It forced us in garden education to rethink our systems, structures, and values. Hear how one small school garden nonprofit explores new ideas to center equity and inclusion by facilitating BIPOC farm partnerships, incorporating Indigenous knowledge models, diversifying staffing, and prioritizing professional development focused on uprooting white supremacy constructs.

  • Tuesday
    21
    February

    Save the Date: 2023 Junior Master Gardener National Leader Training

    Feb 21 - 22, (CT)
    This event is hosted by Junior Master Gardener. This year’s national leader training will be a dynamic & interactive training conference and will be exclusively & completely accessible as an engaging, online training event. The 2023 JMG NLT attendees will be able to: Utilize all curricula resources, breakout sessions Implement best practices, project-based learning , managing students/groups Access Group/class registration, recognition & certification options Involve local county Extension, volunteers and parents in your programming R each into schools , after school programs & clubs P repare/lead JMG teacher training workshop events Generate funding to support programs Build sustainability through community collaborations and partnerships Utilize program resources, marketing materials Develop custom implementation plans Registration not yet open.

  • Wednesday
    15
    March

    GSG Summit Webinar Series: Non-Linear Garden Design as an Identity Affirming Garden Practice

    Mar 15, 11:00:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM (PT)
    This webinar series is presented by the School Garden Support Organization Network. Bring the learnings of the April 2022 Growing School Gardens Summit home with this six month webinar series, featuring a variety of presentations from the Summit. From the chinampas of Mexico, to the terraced gardens in Asia & companion planting practices around the world, our ancestors point the way to designs that circumvent tidy row cropping most common in gardens. By exploring nonlinear designs we can re-center the practices of ancestral growers and invite conversations about identity and heritage into our garden programs. Join us for a workshop that engages the senses as we journey towards collective care and common ground in our school gardens. Participants will roam displays of culturally significant crops, share their personal connection to these crops and collaboratively build a colorful poster display of culturally affirming garden themes that align with Common Core Standards to bring back to their schools. We are a team of educators and sustainability leaders from the west coast and the midwest who blend a unique, student centered, multicultural and nature based pedagogical practice. We will share our most successful examples of fully integrated garden learning, including the founding of a seed bank by Lukas, age 14. You will take away inspiration and concrete strategies for culturally affirming garden education to scale or translate in any garden program.