UC Master Gardener Program of Alameda County
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UC Master Gardener Program of Alameda County

School Garden Workshops & Seminars

 
Overview
This section includes a variety of workshops, conferences, and seminars that provide instruction and hands on training in many aspects of school gardening as well as useful general gardening information, including composting. Most are given in Alameda County, but a few that offer particularly good programs are in other Bay Area locations.

Sub-categories in this category are:

Workshops (one day or less)

Particularly Useful Resource! 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.
http://www.creec.org

Particularly Useful Resource!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.
http://www.csgn.org

Bay Friendly Gardening
The Bay Friendly Gardening Program operates under the auspices of StopWaste.Org. to sponsor a variety of programs promoting environmentally sound gardening practices. The program includes workshops; garden tours; and information on soil preparation, plant selection, and composting. The website contains a list of local nurseries that stock bay friendly plants and give a 10% discount with a downloadable flyer as well as a list of native plant sources throughout the Bay Area. The website also features links to sources for salvaged, recycled, and organic landscape materials and a variety of other garden resources.
http://www.stopwaste.org

Community Resources for Science (CRS)
CRS helps elementary teachers use science resources to give all kids access to hands on learning experiences. By becoming CRS members, teachers can request individual consulting for developing lesson plans to meet grade level science standards, logistical support for in class presentations and locating grant applications as well as many other benefits.
http://www.crscience.org

Particularly Useful Resource! 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.
http://www.jmgkids.us
For correlation of California state standards to the JMG Handbook lesson plans for grades 3 5 materials, go to http://ca4h.org/projresource/jrmastergardener

Particularly Useful Resource! 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.
http://www.lifelab.org

Particularly Useful Resource! 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 Garden's 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.
http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu

Particularly Useful Resource! 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.
http://www.thewatershedproject.org

EcoSchool Design™
EcoSchool Design™ seeks to assist schools in transforming paved schoolyards into ecosystems for outdoor learning by offering schoolyard design consulting assistance, including workshops, as well as design ideas and information. The website includes a substantial number of useful links to other sites providing school gardening information.
http://www.ecoschools.com

Gardening for the Environment
Garden for the Environment maintains a nationally acclaimed one-acre urban demonstration garden site for small-scale urban ecological food production, organic gardening and low water-use landscaping. In addition, it offers environmental education programs about organic gardening, urban compost systems and sustainable food systems. GFE 's programs include a three month intensive Gardening and Composting Educator Training program, monthly Compost Education workshops conducted at the garden and community gardens throughout San Francisco, the Resource Efficient Landscape Education series, and the School Education program offered in partnership with San Francisco Unified School District and San Francisco's Department of the Environment.
http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org

Occidental Arts and Ecology Center
The OAEC School Garden Program supports teachers in establishing and sustaining garden projects in schools and integrates garden curriculum with state standards. The Program offers residential trainings to teams of teachers, and the staff provide follow up support, networking, and additional skills training to participating teachers and schools.
http://www.oaec.org

UC Davis Children's Garden Program
The Children's Garden Program is part of the working farm and garden site at the UC Davis Plant Science Teaching Center and Student Farm, which thousands of elementary school children visit each spring to learn about garden ecology and growing food. The Program offers a series of workshops for hands on training of college students, teachers, parents, and volunteers who work with school gardens.
http://childrensgarden.ucdavis.edu

The Urban Farmer
Located in Richmond, the Urban Farmer has a large selection of irrigation supplies and offers free irrigation workshops.
http://www.urbanfarmerstore.com/

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Conferences & Seminars (one day or longer)

Particularly Useful Resource! 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.
http://www.creec.org

Particularly Useful Resource! 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.
http://www.csgn.org

Particularly Useful Resource! 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.
http://www.lifelab.org

Particularly Useful Resource! National Gardening Association (NGA)
The NGA offers books on youth gardening, including Guide to Kid's Gardening, and a bi-monthly magazine with features on children's gardening programs nationwide. NGA sponsors a grant program that honors noteworthy youth gardening projects.
http://www.kidsgardening.com
http://www.garden.org
http://www.kidsgardeningstore.com

Particularly Useful Resource! UC Botanical Garden Annual School Garden Conference
In conjunction with the Lawrence Hall of Science, the UC Botanical Garden presents an annual one day school gardening conference for teachers, school volunteers, and youth educators. The program includes a variety of presentations, workshops, and hands on activities that cover a wide variety of topics from new curricula to horticultural and management techniques. Valuable resource material is also provided. The conference is held in March. For details and registration information, check the website below after January 1.
http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/educationK12.shtml

UC Davis Children's Garden Program
The Children's Garden Program is part of the working farm and garden site at the UC Davis Plant Science Teaching Center and Student Farm, which thousands of elementary school children visit each spring to learn about garden ecology and growing food. The Program offers a series of workshops for hands on training of college students, teachers, parents, and volunteers who work with school gardens.
http://childrensgarden.ucdavis.edu

Gardening for the Environment
Garden for the Environment maintains a nationally acclaimed one-acre urban demonstration garden site for small-scale urban ecological food production, organic gardening and low water-use landscaping. In addition, it offers environmental education programs about organic gardening, urban compost systems and sustainable food systems. GFE 's programs include a three month intensive Gardening and Composting Educator Training program, monthly Compost Education workshops conducted at the garden and community gardens throughout San Francisco, the Resource Efficient Landscape Education series, and the School Education program offered in partnership with San Francisco Unified School District and San Francisco's Department of the Environment.
http://www.gardenfortheenvironment.org

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