Does spring have you dreaming of gardening? Or getting students outside? While the idea of a school garden sounds appealing to many of us, the process of starting and maintaining a school garden can seem daunting. Luckily, we have lots of great resources locally to help make the process easier and support you every step of the way! There are also some great local examples of school gardens and outdoor learning spaces to learn from.
This spring, you can take advantage of school garden resources that include:
Open School Garden Event with the WSU Extension Clark County Master Gardeners Program
When: Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Illahee Elementary School, 19401 SE 1st St, Camas, WA 98607 (meet in the garden)
What: Teachers, parents, administrators, and others involved in school garden coordination/leadership are invited to a collaborative event at Illahee Elementary. Meet and mingle with other school garden leaders, engage in group discussion and initiate the building of a collaborative school garden leadership community.
For more information, view the flyer (right).
Growing Gardens School Garden Coordinator Certificate Training
When: June 25th-29th, 9-4:30 p.m.
Where: 1137 SE 20th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (Hinson Church)
What: A 35-hour training program to share best practices for building, using, and maintaining school and youth food gardening programs. By the end of this training, you will have knowledge, skills, and resources to implement and maintain an edible school garden project built on a foundation of broad community involvement and support. Participants have the opportunity to earn two graduate credits through Portland State University Graduate School of Education Continuing Education program.
There are also online resources for school garden curriculum, funding ideas, design, and more, from local agencies and organizations.
Don't forget, your school garden project can help you earn Washington Green Schools certification in the School Grounds & Gardens category!