Classroom Stories

Full of helpful ideas and tips, we hope you will find inspiration in the following articles spotlighting successful school garden programs from around the country.
Elementary science teacher Steve Tomsik feels that it is his primary job to get his students into the garden as much as possible because of the great extensions between
“You're learning about different countries around the world so it’s like you're already creating peace by learning about them," says Seryn, a Montessori school student from
Photo courtesy of Fertile GroundWhen Massachusetts parent and environmental consultant Catherine Sands learned that a garden was slated for her daughter’s rural elementary
When Ginger Clarke’s kindergarteners participated in the harvesting of their first school garden, yanking zucchini was surely a highlight. But then came the taste test. “None of
James Doyiakos, environmental science teacher at Roald Amundsen High School in northwest Chicago, figured out how to turn an invasive plant problem into a creative lesson to
Photo by Callie PowellIn Downsville, Louisiana, third grade teacher Donna Alford had a bounty of science-focused books, but no time to dig into them with students. Meanwhile, at
Ann Richards School, Austin, TXThe community-based Sustainable Food Center (SFC) in Austin, Texas, among other activities, helps school kids throughout the city grow gardens –
Photo from Denver Urban Gardens“We discovered through a community gardens needs assessment that we have resource intensive school gardens and a community of older folks with lots
Growing Gardens' Educator TrainingGrowing Gardens, a nonprofit organization in Portland, Oregon, has established a training program as part of their Youth Grow Project to prepare
"My teaching partner and I believe that allowing students some degree of choice about what and how they learn is a great motivator. We like to set a tone that encourages kids to
“I’m really trying to encourage my students to think about their place in the world and how they can [either] make it a better place or be users and just use up what we have,”
Noelle Kramer hadn’t planned to delve into citizen science, but her students were rather persuasive. As her third and fourth graders in Dixon, California read aloud from Time for
“I always look for interesting and relevant themes to hook students,” says fourth grade teacher Ruth Pinson from Armuchee Elementary School. But, she admits, she never imagined
Vocational agriculture teacher Rose Ormsby-Krueger (North Hollywood, California) uses a cut flower garden and farmers’ market enterprise to teach North Hollywood High School
Here’s a firsthand account from KidsGardening Advisory Board member Tom Adamich about the evolution and planning of a native garden program in New Concord, Ohio.

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