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Hosted by the Natural Start Alliance The Natural Start Alliance’s annual Nature-Based Early Learning ...
07-24-2023 12:00 AM - 07-28-2023 11:55 PM ET
This event is hosted by the American Horticultural Society. Every year, the National Children & Youth ...
07-12-2023 12:00 AM - 07-15-2023 11:55 PM ET
Join us for a Community Chat on beneficial bugs in gardens! What is a Community Chat? A dedicated ...
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This webinar is hosted by KidsGardening. By their nature, gardens embody diversity. Garden education ...
06-19-2023 | 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM PT
Nina is a community gardener and director/teacher at a preschool in California serving over 40 families. In 2018 they converted a junk-filled parking lot into a natural play space with native plants, trees, and raised garden beds. Sugar snap peas are one of their favorite plants to grow!
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Gardening engages young children by providing a dynamic environment to observe, discover, experiment, nurture and learn. From safe plants to age-appropriate activities and everything in-between, this group is your go-to for gardening with young kids (infant - PreK) in formal (e.g. Head Start) or informal (e.g. home or childcare) settings.
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This Growing School Food Gardens group is open to all educators, administrators, and volunteers growing or interested in growing food in a school garden! Join this group to connect with other practitioners, explore resources specific to school food gardens, and learn during virtual coaching calls and webinars.
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Science skills are essential, and we believe nature education is for everyone — so we’ve created ready-to-go lessons and activities to help educators and parents facilitate exploration and learning.Explore the American Public Garden Association's Plant Heroes resources library of free lessons, journal pages, conservation comics, field guides, and activity books for grades K-5. Find dozens of quality printable exercises and resources on forest health, ecology, and plant conservation.Resources are available in English, Spanish, and Chinese and some are aligned to NGSS.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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