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School Garden Top Ten + 1 Resources

  •  California Department of Education (CDE)
    In collaboration with organizations and individuals throughout California, the CDE oversees the Garden in Every School Program, which promotes linkages among the school classroom, school cafeteria, local agriculture, waste management, and others. The CDE also administers $15,000,000 in state grants for school gardens pursuant to AB 1535. Its publication A Childxs Garden of Standards: Linking School Gardens to California Education Standards links garden based education activities selected from several published educational materials to specific academic content standards for grades two through six in science, history/social sciences, mathematics, and English language arts.
  •  California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (CFAITC)
    CFAITC works with K?12 teachers, and students to enhance education using agricultural examples. Its website includes lesson plans and agriculture related resources and weblinks.
  •  California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC)
    CREEC is an educational project whose mission is to develop a communication network providing educators with access to high quality environmental education resources, including links to quality curriculum materials, professional development for teachers, and funding opportunities.
  •  California School Garden Network (CSGN)
    The CSGN works to facilitate the connection between school gardening resource organizations and educators. Its members represent a variety of state agencies, private companies, educational institutions and non profit organizations dedicated to creating and sustaining gardens in every willing school in California. The Network serves as a central organization to distribute school garden resources and support throughout the state. It provides information on teacher training, grants and fundraising, and curriculum resources as well as other helpful links. The CSGN also publishes Gardens for Learning: Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden, a comprehensive overview of school gardening from start to finish with ideas for every aspect of your project including funding and recruiting volunteers and sustaining the garden once it is implemented. Hard copies are available to California educators on request a free hard copy; and it is also downloadable as a pdf at
  •  Junior Master Gardener Program (JMG)
    JMG is an international youth gardening program of the University Cooperative Extension network. The program has produced numerous curriculum related publications including the Junior Master Gardener Handbook and the Junior Master Gardener Teacher/Leader Guide. It also conducts teacher training and provides a wealth of information on gardening education for children through its website.
    For correlation of California state standards to the JMG Handbook lesson plans for grades 3 5 materials, go to http://ca4h.org/projresource/jrmastergardener
  •  Life Lab Science Program
    Life Lab helps schools integrate gardens into their science and nutrition curriculum. They offer Getting Started: A Guide for Creating School Gardens, The Growing Classroom curriculum guides, and other publications on learning activities. They conduct an extensive series of workshops to bring inspiration to educators interested in science, nutrition, and garden-based learning. Life Lab Science Program staff is available year round for workshops at your site.
  •  National Gardening Association (NGA)
    The NGA offers books on youth gardening, including Guide to Kidxs Gardening, and a bi-monthly magazine with features on childrenxs gardening programs nationwide. NGA sponsors a grant program that honors noteworthy youth gardening projects.
  •  San Diego County Master Gardeners
    The San Diego County Master Gardeners have a well developed school gardening program including an extensive website full of information and resources as well as a companion publication Plant a Seed, Watch It Grow, A Guide for School Gardens.
  •  School Garden Wizard
    School Garden Wizard is a website created for grades K 12 through a partnership between the United States Botanic Garden and Chicago Botanic Garden. It contains a beginning to end guide to school gardening from getting approval of your garden proposal through funding and design to sustaining your project. In turn, each section sets out a step by step description of what you will need and how to achieve a successful result. Helpful links and resources are included.
  •  University of California Botanical Garden, Berkeley
    The UC Botanical Garden helps diverse school gardens become effective educational resources by creating dynamic garden based units that support the California and National Education Standards. The Gardenxs school partnership program infuses innovative curricula, teacher training, and parent involvement in the process. The program includes docent led garden tours, in school gardening programs and consultations, and professional development opportunities through the UC Botanical Garden Education Program and the Annual School Garden Conference. The Growing Learning Communities Project has developed a garden linked curriculum that includes Botany on Your Plate and Math in the Garden.
  •  The Watershed Project
    The Watershed Project is a nonprofit organization offering a range of services to support healthy watersheds in the San Francisco Bay Area. Programs and services include workshops for educators and the general public about school gardening, gardening resources and grant information and assistance, and Teacher Action Grants to support teachers engaged in school gardening. The Project also has a demonstration garden featuring native plants as well as a propagation nursery offering plants for sale. It publishes a newsletter with helpful information and resources for school gardening.

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