School Garden Resources

Curriculum & Online Lessons
Academic Content Standards in Garden-Based Learning
Educator Workshops & Consulting
Starting a School Garden
Gardening Resources
School Gardening Resources in Spanish
Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education Resources (GENE) – an extensive list of resources used in our Plant It, Grow It, Eat It and California School Garden Training Program
Garden to Cafeteria
Outdoor Classroom Management Tips
The Value of Garden-Based Learning
Life Lab's Photo Gallery of School Garden Elements
Life Lab's YouTube Video Channel – over 40 videos demonstrating garden instruction, activity and Life Lab history.
Funding Your Garden Program
Regional Support Models
Garden-Based Learning Resources in Spanish

Curriculum & Online Lessons

Created by Life Lab
Other great sites to find lessons
  • California School Garden Network Online Lesson Database Free resources for PreK-6th Grades and resources for Middle and High School Level.- a list, maintained by Life Lab, of hundreds of lessons from other garden-based education organizations (Have a site to add? send it on
  • Kidsgardening.org – a great site and newsletter of lessons, activities, and more, check out their GBL book matrix to find just the right publication
  • The Edible Schoolyard Research and Tool Search Function has user submitted lessons
Garden-Based Learning Literature Lists
School Garden Workshops and Consulting

Life Lab Educator Workshops page lists all the workshops we provide
Life Lab offers consulting for your school garden team at your site or at our Garden Classroom
The California School Garden Network's Event Calendar - view workshops across California
Life Lab's School Garden Promoters Toolbox lists school garden regional support networks across the nation

 

Starting a School Garden

Life Lab's Getting Started
  • Purchase or download Life Lab's Getting Started: A Guide for Creating School Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms. Also available in Spanish.
Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden Resources

 

Gardening Resources

Developed by Life Lab and partners, The Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden workshop pages are the place to find school garden skills support resources.

 

Garden Management Tips

Sustaining Your School Garden- Article from The Garden Times, Spring 2002

Summer Vacation for Your Garden- Article from the Garden Times, Spring 2003

Check our blog posts on Garden Tips and Resources

 

The Value of Garden-Based Learning

 The Garden, A Master Teacher  An excellent essay on the many benefits of garden-based learning.

The Impact of Garden-Based Learning on Student Health and Nutrition Research Briefs

Benefits of Gardening for Children  from the University of Colorado

More benefits of Garden-Based Learning are documented on Cornell's Garden-Based Learning site

 

 

Funding Your Garden Program

View our article on Funding Garden Coordinators.

Head over to the California School Garden Network to view their Funding School Gardens page for grant searching resources and more grant lists and much more.