August 19, 2013, Atlanta, GA — Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) and Ford Elementary School in Acworth, Georgia will host a  workshop for educators in Cobb and Gwinnett Counties at Ford on October 18 and 19, 2013.

The Friday workshop will consist of sessions covering basic and advanced Learning Garden construction, planting and maintenance, engaging community support and volunteers, hands-on classroom activities in environmental education, nutrition education for the classroom, best practices in outdoor education and presentations of case studies from successful school programs. There will also be an Administrator’s Roundtable to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the outdoor learning environment and how to ensure the success of the program by integrating outdoor learning into a school’s culture.

During the Saturday morning session, teachers will participate in hands-on, K-5 grade-level specific training using Captain Planet Foundations’ Learning Garden curriculum and Ford’s Outdoor garden-based Labs. There will also be a special presentation by Dr. Mark Lubkowitz and Dr. Valerie Bang-Jensen from Saint Michael’s College in Colcester, Vermont, authors of Books in Bloom: Discovering plant biology in children’s literature.

Pre-registration required. The cost for the workshop is $50 per participant and includes breakfast and lunch, K-5 School Garden and Environmental Education curriculum, and other classroom materials, plus the Saturday curriculum training. For more information and to register click here.

Ford Elementary School in Cobb County, recipient of the 2013 U.S. Department of Education’s National Green Ribbon Award, and featured in the PBS segment, GROWING A GREENER WORLD, is one of the finest examples of outdoor learning environments in the country.