• Teaching in a Garden
    Gardens can enrich learning in a multitude of ways. Find resources on engaging students in garden-based learning, using the garden to help you meet standards, and managing students outside.
    Teaching in the garden  
    There are many ways to incorporate the garden into science, English language arts, math, social studies, and art lessons. The links below direct you to training and field-tested lesson plans to help you achieve your learning goals.

    Lesson Plans, Curricula, and Programs
    • Nutrition to Grow On from the California Department of Education provides nine free lessons designed to teach children and their famlies about nutrition by relating each lesson to a garden activity.  
    • Edible Schoolyard Project is a network of educators that aims at building and sharing educational resources for outdoor learning.
    • Great Kids Farm provided professional development for teachers on developing and teaching from a schoolyard growing space. Contact Beth Mathie.
    • Irvine Nature Center offers a variety of workshops and classes to train teachers in stewardship of water resources, wildlife-based conservation, tree and forestry, wetlands, planning outdoor classrooms, nature-based learning, etc. Additionally, a specialist can come to your garden and lead a garden-based lesson.
    • The Whole Kids Foundation has a Healthy Teachers Program to assist teachers in improving their personal health and wellness to become the healthiest possible role models for students.