You don’t need a lot of space to start a pollinator garden. Even a few containers of flowers can attract hungry bees and butterflies. To plan a pollinator garden, students will need to know the basic needs of wildlife — food, water, shelter, and places to rear young. This guide will help you and your students learn about native pollinators and their habitat needs, and collect the necessary information for creating such a habitat in your schoolyard. View Resource »
With their incredible diversity of shapes, sizes, colors, scents, and textures, plants offer limitless options for designing a garden to engage the all the senses. This guide provides tips for creating a special garden space that will allow you and your young gardeners to explore through sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing. View Resource »
This resource resource was created to help source, menu, credit, and use more traditional foods in school meal programs. The Toolkit features native and traditional foods to include in school menus, new recipes for schools use, menu planning support, and procurement information. View Resource »
This comprehensive project (designed for 5th graders) incorporates concepts of plant physiology, companion planting, ecology, history, and ethnobotany. It links to Next Generation Science Standards and is written to span two school years, but concepts could be adapted for shorter lessons. View Resource »
A similar lesson for younger students can be found here.
Want to cook with your Three Sisters harvest? Here’s a recipe!
You don’t need space for a huge garden to give children access to garden-based education! With a small sunny corner or even a larger 12’ x 12’ garden area at your early care and education site, you can create a sunflower garden to have a place of joy and beauty. This resources cover all the basics of starting a sunflower garden with young children, including materials needed and estimated costs as well as tips for involving young children in the garden. Related activities for each age group (infants/toddlers, 2-year olds, and 3 to 5 year olds and school age) are included along with connections to the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards. This resource is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan. View Resource »