Cornell Garden-Based Learning Program
Providing educators with inspiring, research-based gardening resources and professional development to support engaging, empowering, and relevant learning experiences for children, youth, adults, and communities.
Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden (CSYSG) Trainer Materials
California School Garden Network
These resources are available for free to anyone working to support others in creating and sustaining school gardens. At the CSYSG Trainer Page you will find the following:
-A download of all CSYSG Workshop Handouts, Trainer Outlines , and Supplementary Trainer Materials. (A zipped file of multiple documents) -PDF file of all CSYSG Workshop Handouts (One download of all the handouts) -Workshop PowerPoints ---School Garden Design ---Why School Gardens - Introduction to CSYSG -Gardens for Learning Guide Book -CSYSG Online Training Resources http://www.csgn.org/csysg -Selected CSYSG Materials in Spanish -Freebies, fliers, and handouts to promote school gardens
Creating Deerfield High School's Outdoor Classroom Deerfield, Ill.
A school-produced video that follows the development of an outdoor classroom in the school's courtyard.
Creating Gardens With Youth
Here is a concise outline of steps for starting an educational garden, created by University of Maine Cooperative Extension educators.
The Early Childhood Environmental Education Rating Scale
A new evaluative tool for early childhood educators from the North American Association for Environmental Education provides a framework to show educators how their programs align with established guidelines for high-quality environmental education programs for young children. The scale is useful in sparking discussion on program goals, considering a program’s strengths and areas of needed improvement, and charting a future direction.
Flower Garden Resources for Kids
A great place to learn about botany, horticulture and hydroponics. Thank you, students in the after-school program at W. B. Goodwin Community Center, for suggesting we add this helpful resource!
Garden Activity Timeline by Month
Woodland Elem. West, Gages Lake, Ill.
By Sarah Pounders and Barbara Richardson, National Gardening Association
Don't know what to do with children in the garden? Make learning fun with these engaging activities.
Garden Learning Videos Life Lab Science Program
Web-based videos on school garden how-to and garden-based nutrition
Garden-to-School Cafeteria Protocol Denver Public Schools
A step-by-step guide for the safe growing and harvesting of school garden produce specifically for use in school meals. Developed by Slow Food Denver in conjunction with Denver Public Schools. Use this to jump-start your own garden-to-cafeteria protocol!!
Getting Started: A Guide for Creating School Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms
Center for EcoLiteracy
Good Plant Choices for School / Youth Gardens
Gary Comer Youth Center, Chicago
Grant Application Advice: Native Plant Gardens for Schools and Urban Areas
Betsey Landis © 2009. Landis shares how to avoid basic pitfalls of the grant application process, especially grants with very specialized requirements for funding. Great advice for any garden project seeking funding.
Green Your School Guide
This guide from Earth Day Network offers lesson plans and student action plans on nearly every aspect of greening a school. The pages dedicated to recreation, food and Environmental Jeopardy are particularly informative.
The Greenhouse Gardening Guide
This resource provides information about the construction, use, and management of greenhouses. There are useful tips and information about experiments that can be done in a greenhouse. Learn more about greenhouse gardening.
Growing Herbs In Your Garden
History of herbs, uses, and links for other sites
Growing Seeds to Enjoying the Harvest
Renee's Garden offers numerous articles covering various topics in an easy-to-find format. Be sure to bookmark this resource!
Guide to Setting Up Your Own Edible Rooftop Garden
Alternatives and the Rooftop Gardens Project, Montreal
Herb Garden Guide
by Monterey Bay Spice Company
Provides guidance on growing a herb garden, protecting your herb garden in winter, indoor herb gardens, herb growing info for backyard gardeners, a fact sheet, and more.
How to Create Classroom Grow-Light Systems
Master Gardeners in Mathews, Va., share how they construct one-tier grow-light systems for seed starting in fourth-grade classrooms.
Grow-Light Frame Plans
Instructions for building a low-cost grow-light frame from Cornell University
Home Composting Guide
by Renee's Garden
If you can only do one thing to improve your garden this year, build a compost pile. No matter your soil type, your climatic zone, or your choice of crops, composting will enhance your garden soil, resulting in stronger plants and healthier produce. Organic gardeners have long regarded compost as the cornerstone of garden soil fertility. Compost builds healthy soil, producing robust plants that are more resistant to pests and disease.
How To Start A School Garden: A Practical AND Philosophical Guide
by the Civic Knowledge Project, the community connections branch of the Humanities Division at the University of Chicago: Cecilia Donnelly, Coordinator
This report was commissioned to help Chicago Public Schools add school gardens to their curriculums. Humanities education is critical to human growth and development on a communal and personal level, and the humanities and the environment are inextricably connected. This guide is uniquely tailored to the needs of public schools in Chicago.
Low Maintenance Gardening Strategies
Gary Comer Youth Center, Chicago
Meet the Beneficials: Natural Enemies of Garden Pests
Download this free poster of common garden predators! From the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program
Native Plant Gardens for Schools and Urban Areas: A Survival Guide
Betsey Landis © 2009. Describes native plant communities / habitat gardens, considerations before selection and purchasing native plants or seeds, the architectuture of common native plant habitats, and Southern California sources for plants and information. Terrific insights regardless of your location!
Outdoor Classroom & Garden Design The Garden School
Explores site analysis, purpose, safety, participatory process, connecting to curriculum, recognizing others' efforts, elements of sustainable landscapes and outdoor gardens.
A Guide for Organizing Your Outdoor Earth Science Event
Sponsored by the American Geological Institute
This guide provides tips on planning an event, organizing educational activities, and reaching out to news media for those who want to organize their own No Child Left Inside Day. Any day can be NCLI Day for young people and educators!
Planning for Healthy Communities Public Health Law & Policy
Model food systems policies for farmers markets and community gardens
Pollinators - How to Grow a Pollinator Garden from Seed
Provided by ezfromseed.org
The Home Garden Seed Association offers tips and a list of easy-to-grow-from-seed flowers that pollinators love!
Pumpkins & More
University of Illinois Extension. History, nutrition, how to grow, recipes, festivals.
Schoolyard Habitat Program
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The Schoolyard Habitat Program helps teachers and students create wildlife habitat at their own schools. Typical projects include: wetlands, meadows, forests and variations based on specific ecoregions. Many projects are planned through multiple phases and change over time as children from various classes build upon the existing work of past students. Fact sheet and project guide available.
School Garden Start-Up Guide
University of California Coop. Extension, LA County
School Garden Viability Assessment Green Teacher Network - Chicago
A survey for anyone started or re-investing in an existing school garden. Easily modified for any region.
School Garden Wizard
Chicago Botanic Garden
Seed Buying 101: A Seed Gardener's Glossary
How often do you hear or find yourself wondering what is the difference between an heirloom and an open-pollinated seed variety, an F-1 hybrid and a “GMO? This article from the Home Garden Seed Association can help you make educated decisions about what is best for your own use.
Seed Saving Video
Fall is one of the best times to collect seeds from the garden. Last fall Life Lab roamed the farm collecting flower seeds and left no petals unturned in the following flower seed saving video. See this and other great seed saving resources from Life Lab.
Seed Tape - An Easy Way to Make Your Own
This article from Organic Gardening offers a simple way to ensure proper spacing of small seeds using a readily available item - toilet paper!
Setting up and running a school garden
This online book is by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and includes instructions, food fact sheets, nutrition guidelines and more.
Soil: To Test or Not to Test?
Excellent perspective on whether or not to make a soil test, by Vince Lazaneo, UCCE Horticulture Advisor and Master Gardener Advisor in San Diego County.
Spanish/English Dictionary of Garden Terms
"A Garden of Words/Un jardín de palabras" is a bilingual gardening dictionary for schools and after-school gardening programs, produced by University of California Master Gardeners of Santa Barbara County and University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. 30 color-coded pages provide translations of tools, measurements, conversions, phrases, and fruits and vegetable names.
Starting and Maintaining a School Garden
by the National Farm to School Network
A quick seven-step guide to making the most of your school garden initiative.
Starting Your Own Community Garden in Chicago
Grand Crossing Community Garden Initiative
Successful Container Gardens website
University of Illinois Extension
Summer Garden Maintenance Tips
Three Seed-to-Table Gardens
Gary Comer Youth Center, Chicago
Tips for Working with Children in Gardens DC Schoolyard Greening
Attendees of the Get Out and Garden Teacher Training Workshop share collective wisdom for gardening with children.
USDA: Gardening Together
Tips for parents and children
USDA Guidelines on Using School Garden Produce in Food Service
Q&A document regarding the operation of a school garden
USDA People's Garden Initiative
Provides gardening and healthy eating tips, plans, pollinator guides and much more.
NEW! USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
This updated map lets you search for hardiness zones by zip code or view detailed state maps.
SPANISH - Vegetable Gardening Basics
A Spanish version of the popular University of Illinois Extension website. You also may want to view the children's book Nuestra Huerta Generosa.
VIDEO: How to Use an Outdoor Classroom for Hands-On Learning
A great video of how Thomas Gardner Elementary School in Boston uses their outdoor space for hands-on learning. A great piece to share with school administrators and give you more ideas for engaging students!
Volunteer Job Descriptions
Woodland Elem. West, Gages Lake, Ill.