School Garden Activities

Starting with our Guide to Kids' Gardening published in 1983, NGA has focused on providing practical and creative ways for educators to incorporate gardening and plant-based activities into the curriculum. Below you will find links to our vast lesson collection.

Bird feeders are lively places during the winter months and their presence is important. Though many bird species can handle the hardships of winter, with natural food sources
Finding a special, inexpensive gift for students to create for Mother’s Day is a challenge faced by many educators each year. Both gardening and non-gardening teachers
A big gardening program…in a little garden space. Cylinder Gardening uses bottomless cylinders (1/2 of a 5 gallon bucket) as small, individual gardens for growing vegetables.
Congratulations on winning a 2012-2013 Garden Grant from the National Gardening Association! 260 garden programs within the United States and around the world received awards to
As a garden coordinator, if you can understand what motivates your volunteers you'll be more prepared to recruit, support and retain a support network. Download Volunteer Surveys(
This curriculum unit, developed by the education staff at the National Gardening Association addresses the core specific elements of the water cycle for K-12 students. There are
Grade: K-6 Objective: Students will review the importance of rules and determine the impacts that come from following them. Time: 30 minutes Materials:
A school garden is an outdoor classroom laboratory, attracting countless organisms, each a great opportunity to teach students about the complex and fascinating ecosystem that we
In 2009, students in grades K-2 at Washington School in New Jersey dug into gardening for the first time, and they reaped plenty. The worldwide unity of the Winter Olympic Games
Grade Levels: 2-4 Materials:
Grade Level: 8-12 Materials: Posterboard for six groups of students Exploration 1. As a class, list what the students think are the most important plants for their nation.
Materials - Types of sugar (i.e., maple syrup, molasses, white sugar, brown sugar, honey), enough for each student to sample - Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls
Materials - Tree cookies, for each student (can be cut from tree trimmings or available in bulk from nature suppliers like Nature-Watch) Background The tree trunk and its main
Materials: - Maple Syrup - Sugarbush Spring by Marsha Wilson Chall. A girl and her grandfather tap sugar maple trees and tell the story of making maple syrup. ISBN: 978-
Overview: Students explore the journey of produce from farm to table and chew on the idea of eating close to home. NCSS National Social Studies Standards Addressed: Theme 3:

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