Where better to explore ecological interdependence, growth and development of organisms, structure and function, adaptation, and the environmental impact of human activity than in an outdoor garden classroom? In this edWeb webinar Whitney Cohen, Education Director at Life Lab and lecturer at UC Santa Cruz, let attendees know how to use a garden as a meaningful context in which students can engage in next generation science and engineering practices.
There is no one way to fund a garden program – there are hundreds! In this webinar, Life Lab’s John Fisher and Gardens to Grow In’s Kevin Hesser shared a wide variety of ideas to finance your school garden program. From finding grants and supportive policy to school garden micro-enterprise and farm-raisers, their discussion provided funding ideas for all aspects of your school garden, including garden supplies and staffing school garden instructors. John and Kevin’s presentation shared examples of how they have funded the school garden programs that they run, along with insight from other successful garden programs.
In this webinar, presented by the Growing School Gardens community on edWeb.net, Community GroundWorks’ Jennica Skoug introduced the benefits of adding a beehive to your school garden, and answered questions about logistical challenges.
In this webinar, presented by the Growing School Gardens community on edWeb.net, Whitney Cohen, Life Lab’s Education Director, used stories, photos, and discussion to share tried-and-true tips for managing large groups of students in an outdoor environment. Topics included: Tone setting, comfort, and routines; Fostering student buy-in; Encouraging productive teamwork and cooperative learning; Establishing group norms; Determining when to be consistent with the indoor rules and when to establish new behavior expectations.
Matthew Doris, Food Service Director & Chef, demonstrated ways for you to get the most out of your existing school garden space. He discussed the concept of square-foot gardening and using bigger beds for growing vegetables.
Middle schoolers can get a lot out of the school garden experience, from growing food to learning about the science underlying the natural world. At CitySprouts summer youth program in Cambridge, MA