Resources for Garden-Based Learning
Garden Curricula – Free Online
• Blueprint for a Green School from Center for Environmental Education
• California School Garden Network Curriculum
• Center for Invasive Plant Management Curriculum
• Community School Garden Network lessons
• Cooking with California Food in K-12 Schools
• Cornell Garden Based Learning
• Ecological Handprinter calculating your positive impact on the world
• Education and the Environment Initiative K-12 lessons from CA EPA
• Energy, Engines and the Environment
• Energy Lessons for K-12 from DOE
• Environmental Heroes and Sheroes
• Environmental Justice
• Facing the Future’s Buy/Use/Toss unit
• French Fries and the Food System (select lessons)
• Food for Thought for elementary grades
• Food Security
• Garden ABCs: Links to Garden Curricula
• Georgia Organics Garden Curricula and How-To Books
• Gulf Oil Spill
• Harvest of the Month activities and How to Grow Healthy Children
• Harvesting Health: Garden Based Nutrition Education
• Huntington Garden Lesson Plans Grades 3 – 6
• Integrating Horticulture into Elem Ed
• Kids’ Gardening Lessons, Activities, Tips and Background Info
• Kids Cook Farm Fresh Food
• National Environmental Ed Week School Garden Curricula K-12
• Nature’s Partners Pollinator Curriculum
• Project Focus UGA
• School Garden Weekly Activities
• School Gardens and Healthy Meals resource guide
• School Garden and Nutrition Program from Denver Urban Gardens
• School Garden Wizard Activities by Season
• Sow It, Grow It, Eat It: Edible Playground activities
• Top Documentary Films free documentaries online
• Wacky Garden Helpers
• (George) Watts Montessori Edible Garden – Lower Grades
• (George) Watts Montessori Edible Garden – Upper Elementary
• Philosophy of Garden Based Learning
• Why Garden in NY State Schools? ppt
Outdoor Class Management Techniques
• Tips and Techniques for Teaching Outdoors (by Petey Giroux and Jerry Hightower)
School Garden Evaluations
• Cali EEI pre and post teacher survey
Sustainability of School Gardens
• Planning First to make your Outdoor Classrooms Last: a Best Management Practices Guide by Georgia Wildlife Federation (Amanda Kail)
Resources for Gardens and Outdoor Learning Stations
• Outdoor Learning Resources (creating learning stations on the cheap)
• Funding and Freebies
• Seeds of Change organic
• Selecting Pollinator Plants by Region
• Vendors and Costs for Sample Outdoor Classrooms on a Shoestring Budget
Schoolyard Habitats® Resources
• Creating Schoolyard Habitat Sites: A How-To Guide
• Certify Your Schoolyard Habitat with NWF
• Frequently asked questions about Schoolyard Habitats®
• Schoolyard Habitats® lesson plans
• Ideas for where to get help for your schoolyard habitat in your community
• “The Schoolyard Habitat Movement: What It Is and Why Children Need It” by Mary Rivkin, Ph.D. “Down By the Schoolyard” by Stephen R. Coffee
• EEinGeorgia’s monthly grant list – comprehensive list, organized by upcoming deadlines
• America the Beautiful Fund, Operation Green Plant – Provides grants of flower, herb and vegetable seeds.
• National Gardening Association – Provides in-kind grants for school and youth gardens.
• Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Education Grants – Grants to support projects that enhance the public’s awareness, knowledge and skills to help people make informed decisions that affect environmental quality.
• NEA Foundation Green Grants – Public school educators are eligible to apply for individual grants worth up to $5,000 for the development and implementation of ideas, techniques, and approaches for teaching “green”
• Learn and Serve America – Supports grant programs to integrate community service with curricula through service learning.
• Wild Ones, Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program – Gives small monetary grants to schools, nature centers, and other non-profit and not-for-profit places of learning with a site available for a stewardship project.
• Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation – Supports public education and community Improvement projects.
• National Environmental Education Foundation – Provides grants to support environmental education.
• Get To Know Your Wild Neighbors Contest – contest inspires youth to discover nature, express themselves creatively, and learn to care for the environment through art, writing, and photography.
• Ranger Rick Educators Guide – Ranger Rick® magazine is a great tool for building nonfiction reading skills and conceptual science understanding in children.
• Outdoor Family Fun Guide – The brochure includes easy-to-do projects such as creating a pinecone birdfeeder, toad abode and bird bath.
• Wildlife University – A fun, interactive way to learn at your own pace about endangered species and creating wildlife habitats.
• Youth Service/Community Service Project Ideas – Learn about fun and meaningful programs for youth or community service.
Ford Elementary School Children’s Gardens
• Featured in PBS episode 309 of “Growing a Greener World”
• Featured in Environmental Ed in Georgia Resource Guide
• Ford Elementary Garden video slide show
• Ford’s Community Garden: Seeds of Hope blogspot
• Ford’s Evening in the Garden featured in “Show Me the Outdoor Learning” Presentation
• The Making of Ford Elementary’s Community Garden: video
• Referenced in Children and Nature Network blog (fence)
• Featured in Herb Broda’s books: Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning and Moving the Classroom Outdoors
Outdoor Education Clearinghouse