Sandberg Elementary School on Madison’s far East Side now has enough garden to go around. Some of the many families who helped out said that they had never volunteered at the school before. Read their story on Madison Commons or on Channel 3’s web site.
Many congratulations to them and to Melissa Gavin, GROW Coalition member, who organized the day.
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.
Check out this resource page to jump-start your garden-based learning, and stay tuned for more information about offerings from the GROW Coalition. Remember–you can start with simple steps and grow from there. Just getting kids out to explore can help them engage more fully in learning.
Thanks to Sustain Dane, we are raising funds to help defray the cost for Madison-area school teachers to participate in Community GroundWorks’ professional development course during Summer 2012. During the “Growing Minds” course, K-12 teachers learn how to teach in school gardens, incorporating garden-based learning into the curriculum. For a better sense of the course, check out this photo montage of Growing Minds 2011.
Where? Centro Hispano, Heroes Room, 810 West Badger Road
Join us for a fun-filled session where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about three or four outdoor learning projects and hear feedback from the group. We’ll kick off the Open Mic with Jim Reichling, Physics Teacher, LaFollette High School, who is starting to garden with his students. (Photos appear below.) We’ll have time for two or three others to share their ideas and projects. We hope you can come!
Many thanks to Centro Hispano for hosting us! Questions? Contact Rachel Martin, email@example.com
Who? Educators, parents, teachers, professionals or youth interested in promoting outdoor learning
What? Come network, learn and problem-solve together. Get inspired as you hear how Centro Hispano engages youth in outdoor learning. Connect with colleagues to explore how to engage others in your work. Brainstorm themes for future meetings.