Hey, Teachers! Earn credit in the garden this summer!

“I feel better equipped to begin making gardening part of my classroom curriculum.” --Teacher participant
“By far, this was one of the most useful teacher classes I have taken . . . . I hope this class continues to educate teachers, for years to come.” --Teacher participant

Growing Minds: Garden-Based Learning from the Ground Up

Visit Community Groundworks’ site for full course information.

Dates: July 23-27 2012, 8 am-noon
Cost: $135*
Credit: 1-2 semester units of graduate credit available at additional cost of $60 per credit.
Place: Community GroundWorks Kids’ Garden at Troy Gardens (500 block of Troy Drive, near Warner Park)
Instructor: Nathan Larson, Education Director, Community GroundWorks

*A limited number of scholarships will be available and drawn in May from a lottery of registrants.

Description: This 5-day, 20-hour course is designed for K-12 teachers and community educators who are interested in building skills in the areas of youth garden education, development, and management. This course will emphasize an inquiry-based, hands-on approach to garden-based learning.

Course topics will include youth garden design and construction, funding and resources, recommended tools and equipment, organic gardening methods, cooking in an outdoor garden kitchen, garden-based nutrition, nature study and games, earth art, chickens in the garden, program evaluation, and the role of youth gardening in the sustainable agriculture movement.

Course instruction will take place outdoors in the award-winning Kids’ Garden at Troy Gardens. Please bring sunscreen, drinking water, and appropriate clothing for the weather (e.g., hats, sunglasses, rain jacket). Enrollment is limited to 22 educators.

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