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School gardens are wonderful outdoor classrooms. They are places where students learn core standards through experiential hands-on learning. Gardens can be all shapes and sizes; even a few pots growing herbs can be a school garden! Lessons in the garden can teach students about science, math, social studies, and language arts. The pages below will give you an overview of creating and sustaining a school garden, as well as ways to connect this outdoor learning space to educational lessons.

Creating a School Garden

If you’re just getting started putting in a school garden, these resources can help you plan, build, and budget for long term success.

Planting & Harvesting

Seed packets will  tell you how deep to plant each type of seed, and how much room to leave in between seeds.

Sustaining a School Garden

Once you’ve got your garden started, you want to keep it going!

Connections to the Classroom

Using Garden Produce

Once students have grown delicious food, they should eat the literal fruits of their labors!

Teaching Outdoors