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Life Lab cultivates children's love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education.

Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden Workshop

The Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden (CSYSG) Workshop is a FREE, one-day training for teams working to create or enhance a school garden program. This workshop covers planning and designing a school garden, basic gardening skills, curricular connections and outdoor classroom management.

The California School Garden Training Program is awaiting notification of additional funds to offer more free and low cost school garden trainings. Currently there are no CSGT sponsored workshops being offered.

CSGT Workshop Notification List to be notified of future CSGT workshop announcements and locations.

View other school garden workshops at the CSGN.org calendar. View upcoming Life Lab workshops at The Garden Classroom at www.lifelab.org/gcworkshops

View CSYSG training resources at www.csgn.org/csysg

School garden teams of 2-4 are encouraged to attend. Teams may include teachers, parents, volunteers, school administrators, and other supporters of your garden program. There is no cost for attending this workshops, but advanced registration is required.

If registering a team, please submit one registration for your team and list all team members' names, emails, and roles. Come with a team of 3 or more and receive a school garden gift!

Workshops serve up to 25 participants. 

 

All participants will receive the book Gardens for Learning, published by the California School Garden Network, as well as other resource materials.

1 semester unit of graduate education credit available for $60.

CSYSG Workshop Agenda Topics

  • Why School Gardens?
  • Outdoor Classroom Management
  • Garden Beds and Planting
  • Weeds, Water, and Pests
  • Curricular Connections
  • Crop Planning and Plant Selection
  • School Garden Design
  • Planning Your Program
     

CSYSG Workshop Goals

Participants will:

  1. Understand the power of school gardens in promoting academic achievement, healthy lifestyles,environmental stewardship, and community and social development.
  2. Become familiar with design elements of educational gardens.
  3. Become comfortable with basic gardening skills.
  4. Learn methods for effective outdoor classroom management.
  5. Become familiar with a variety of helpful resources related to creating and sustaining school gardens.
  6. Understand the value and necessity of teamwork to start and sustain a school garden.
  7. Network with other, local people involved in creating and sustaining school gardens.
  8. Have an initial plan for their school garden program.

 

The California School Garden Training Program is funded by a California Department of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant. The program will train 1,500 people in creating and sustaining school gardens from 2012-2014. Learn more about the CSGT.  

 

Training partners include Life Lab, UC Davis Children's Garden Program, and The Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County, all in collaboration with the California School Garden Network.

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