Students working in their gardens

Project Learning Garden provides schools with outdoor learning laboratories

Gardens in the schoolyard are effective outdoor learning spaces for students to engage in inquiry-driven, project-based learning across all disciplines. Project Learning Garden™ is a holistic program that provides participating schools with the essential elements to establish and support their garden-based learning programs.

There are currently 525+ Project Learning Garden schools across 26 states participating in this program.

Project Learning Garden Elements

Garden Beds, Soil & Plants

PLG provides schools with easy-to-assemble raised garden beds, soil, and seeds to get you growing quickly!

Project Learning Garden provides your school with five 4’x4′ raised beds (approx. 80 square feet of total growing space) to get your schoolyard garden started. These beds offer an opportunity for younger students to learn shapes, while older students calculate area, volume, and other measurements. The deep root bed offers additional growing space and extra support for healthy root crops.

Garden bed

Each school receives 5 – 4’x4’ square beds (13″ deep).

The kits are manufactured by Gronomics from beautiful, untreated western cedar, which is naturally rot-resistant. Beds arrive ready to assemble with clear instructions for putting them together tool-free. The beds are pre-drilled and ready to receive hardware to support your garden sign (shipped separately). You’ll just need a couple of small wrenches to tighten it into place.

A collection of teaching aids including books and crafting materials

We provide a Lesson Supply Bin with everything necessary to begin implementing Project Learning Garden Explorations. From ping pong balls to seeds, these supplies are meant to supplement your typical classroom supplies with harder to find materials.

Materials & Supplies

PLG provides schools with gardening tools, a wagon, instructional materials, and an interpretive sign to get your students working and learning in the garden.

Project Learning Garden wagon with tools including spades and gloves

The Project Learning Garden Garden Cart comes packed with tools to help turn any schoolyard into an outdoor learning environment. From trowels and gloves for getting the work done – to hand lenses and measuring tapes for observing and exploring – the Garden Cart makes sure that teachers have easy access to outdoor learning support materials.

Sign with the heading: “Welcome to your learning garden!”

Learning can take place in the gardens even when teachers aren’t around! This interpretive metal sign, printed on highly durable material, provides information and activity prompts that connect learning to the gardens for everyone.

Mobile Cooking Cart

PLG provides schools with a fully equipped mobile cooking cart and recipes to allow easy preparation of produce from gardens.

Delighted young student using a mixer to prepare ingredients

There is no better way to get kids eating fruits and vegetables than to make fun and tasty snacks with the vegetables they have grown.

Our stainless steel Mobile Cooking Cart arrives complete with: a Vitamix blender, an induction burner, and all of the pots, pans, and utensils you need to turn vegetables from your gardens into the snacks that students love!

Recipe book page with handwritten notes

Our collection of school and kid-tested recipes provide you with fun, simple, and tasty options that can be easily prepared by kids using vegetables grown right in your schoolyard.

The School Garden Cookbook’s logo

Conceived and tested by FoodCorps member, Bang Tran, Captain Planet Foundation produced and published this wonderful School Garden Cookbook.  This book is full of easy, colorful, and tasty recipes you can cook right in your classroom with produce from the garden.  It also has wonderful tricks of the trade for doing tasting events with your students.

Teacher Training & School Certification

PLG offers educators online opportunities to learn garden-based teaching strategies, explore lessons, etc., as well as a school-level certification program to build your schoolyard garden program over time.

Even with all of the materials provided, establishing a successful and sustainable schoolyard garden program can be challenging. Each school and community and district and state is different, so there is clearly no single answer, but PLG provides resources we think are valuable to helping all schoolyard garden programs succeed.

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When you sign-up for updates, you will receive periodic communications about program updates, contests, as well as a seasonal newsletter with tips and suggestions for making the most of your schoolyard learning space.

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