WORKSHOP: School Garden Based Learning
September 24, 2011 · 9am-3:30pm
AgriLife Research and Extension- Dallas Center · 17360 Coit Road · Dallas, Texas 75252
Purpose of the Training:
To bring together K-8th grade teachers, support staff, and administrators who share an interest in school gardening. Delivery of information in four areas: the research regarding the benefits of school gardening; the horticultural knowledge necessary to sustain a garden; the use in the classroom for the garden across the curriculum; and the resources available to fund a gardening program at a school.
Key Note: Why school gardening? Can it really make a difference?
Integrating gardening into the day
√ Break Out Sessions specific to the use of garden based lessons in Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Math, Health and Nutrition, Technology, Physical Education, Before and Afterschool, Early Childhood, and With the Parents
Growing the garden
√ Break Out Sessions specific to needs and expectations for a garden in Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3+
Funding your gardening program
$100 per school group. Each school is encouraged to bring up to 5 teachers, support staff, administrators or volunteers. Each registration is limited to personnel from a single school. Lunch will be provided. Every registered school group will leave with a “Resource Bag” that includes over $500 in resource materials that will be presented and used over the course of the day. Registration is due by September 16, 2011
→Make checks payable to: AgriLife Extension—Dallas Center. Mail checks and registration forms to:
AgriLife Research and Extension- Dallas Center 17360 Coit Road Dallas, TX 75252 Attn: Ashley Hutto
Follow up to the Workshop:
A Garden Tour and Conversation will be hosted on October 29, 2011 from 10am-12n at the Promise of Peace Community Garden for all of the participants to come together to share information and successes, ask questions and network.
Increased knowledge regarding the benefits of school gardening
Healthy, thriving school gardens at participant schools
Integrated use of the garden as a teaching tool across the curriculum and by multiple school personnel
Financial sustainability of the garden program at each participant school
A regional, peer network of educators and support staff working together to ensure mutual success
Enhancement of the school community environment
Support of the Coordinated School Health and the CATCH initiative with a thriving school gardening program