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.
"When my third graders asked a local naturalist to help them identify wild plants growing on our school grounds, we never imagined their query would lead to a long-term
Carol Bacig and her sixth graders in Duluth, Minnesota, were inspired by suggestions in our "Biosphere in a Bottle" story. Using silty mud and local pondwater, each student
"Exploring life in the river near our school intrigued my third and fourth graders," reports Waits River, VT, teacher Cheryl Ollman. "But, of course, the time for working
In Santa Cruz County, California, the Plant a Seed for Good Health program emerged to raise awareness about the benefits of growing food in a classroom
Before Photo: Site of the future LEGO Rain GardenThe 10 fifth grade students in the FIRST LEGO League Team at Greenbrier Intermediate School in Chesapeake, Virginia
"Whether they are 18 months old or eight years old, students taught under the Montessori method learn practical life skills, first and foremost," says Oak Grove Montessori
"We were looking for a way to get children away from television, video games, and computers and outdoors where they could become involved in the natural world
"We’ve learned that if we incorporate nutrition education into something fun, or into a project the kids can take ownership over, they’re more apt to try new
The students and teachers at Milton Cooper Elementary in Houston, Texas, have found a unique location to grow plants hydroponically: a 1973 VW Microbus! The
In 2006, the San Diego County California Master Gardener Association developed a garden-based summer camp for visually impaired and blind youth ages 9 to 19 at
Imagine this scenario: You stumble into the school cafeteria expecting yet another serving of tuna boat, but instead you find bare single-serving pizzas. Next, you’re invited by
“Keep it focused, keep it simple at first, and resist the temptation to go crazy,” says fourth grade teacher, Maureen O’Connor. The topic: creating a
You won’t find students sitting at desks in Stephanie Raugust’s classroom. Instead, her fifth- and sixth-grade students at Pacific Elementary in Davenport, California, spend their
Andrea McDonagh and Sara Vogel are dedicated to creating a sustainable GrowLab Science Program in Montclair, New Jersey schools. They began with the K-2 classrooms at Nishuane
“When I first got involved in the food education project, I figured it was a chance for me to get a few adults in my room to help me deliver curriculum,” says family and consumer National Gardening Assocation logo

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