All educators know the importance of having a selection of lessons and activities at their fingertips. Quick access to lessons that can teach key concepts to various group sizes and activities that enthrall students of diverse ages are always in demand, no matter the classroom setting. Let this brief be your reference for garden activities and lessons that you will use again and again. From garden necklaces to seed art, it’s all right here! Download Brief »
This experiential learning curriculum from Cornell University centers on our food system, including local foods and gardening. Garden-based activities offer an assortment of lengths and formats. Activities can be appropriate for one afternoon, a six week project, or can be incorporated into a longer program. Most are designed for grades 2-8, though are easily adaptable. Formats vary from one-pagers to full length publications. View Resource »
In Teaching in Nature’s Classroom: Core Principles of Garden-Based Education, Nathan Larson shares a philosophy of teaching in the garden. Rooted in years of experience and supported by research, Larson presents fifteen guiding principles of garden-based education. These principles and best practices are illustrated through engaging stories from the field. The book also features a collection of vivid paintings by mural artist Becky Redelings and connections to the research literature provided by Alex Wells and Sam Dennis of the University of Wisconsin Environmental Design Lab.
We are excited to be able to offer copies of Teaching in Nature’s Classroom in both English and Spanish, free of charge! Visit the book website to receive a free copy.