Wisconsin School Garden Network offers free school garden trainings at schools, community centers, and non-profit sites around Wisconsin. Trainings provide information and inspiration to anyone interested in starting or sustaining a youth garden. They also offer a platform for those invested in youth gardens to exchange ideas and resources. Themes and topics will vary.
Here, you will find information about upcoming Wisconsin School Garden Network trainings, as well as other events around the state related to garden-based education.
Have an event that you’d like us to share? Email Communications Director Renata Solan at firstname.lastname@example.org with the details of your event.
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WEBINAR: Summer Programs at School Gardens & Farms
March 26, 2019, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Looking for ideas to keep your school gardens tended and active during the summer? Are you thinking of new ways to bring garden-based learning to a community garden or farm site? Join the School Garden Support Organization for a webinar on the ins and outs of running kids day camp programs on educational gardens. Erin Jackson, Education Director at Gallatin Valley Farm to School, and Amy Carlson, Garden Education Director at Life Lab, will share their years of experience and resources for creating day camp programs. From promotions to post assessments and everything in between, this webinar will provide you with inspiration and ideas to create or enhance summer programming on your educational garden or farm. Register here!
Hunger & Health Summit
March 25 & 26, 2019
Join Hunger Fighters, Health Promoters, and Community Builders from across the state for networking, best practice sharing and agenda setting. On March 26, our Director Nathan Larson will be participating in a panel discussion, Youth Empowerment through Social Justice and Food. In this session, we will hear from people involved in youth social justice initiatives. The goal of this session is to initiate an ongoing network of groups working in the sphere of youth, social justice, and food. Learn more and register here!
WEBINAR: Invasive Species with Anne Pearce
April 10, 2019, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Anne Pearce works with the Wisconsin First Detector Network, a citizen science network that empowers people to take action against invasive species through invasive species monitoring, management, and outreach. She will discuss plant identification, removal techniques, and tools for monitoring and sharing data about plants that pose problems on school, home, and community grounds. Register here!
Developing & Sustaining Networks: Creating Collective Impact
May 16, 2019, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Join Wisconsin School Garden Network Director Nathan Larson and our colleagues, Sharon Danks and John Fisher, for the Children & Nature Network International Conference in Oakland, California. In their workshop, these three long-time garden-based education advocates will focus on the importance of networks and learning from each other. Well-developed networks and networking among our organizational peers strengthen the work we do and can drive collective action. During this session, we will define the power and purpose of well-defined networks, share examples of collective impact, and model effective networking strategies. Presenters will provide brief descriptions of the networks they have developed with an emphasis on the how and why of bringing people together. Participants will be encouraged to share their successes, challenges, and aspirations related to fostering networks and influencing collective action. Learn more and register here!
27th Annual Children and Youth Garden Symposium
July 10-13, 2019, Madison, WI
The 2019 event will take place July 10-13 in Madison, Wisconsin, hosted by Community Groundworks, the University of Wisconsin’s Environmental Design Lab, and the Wisconsin School Garden Network. At the core of the symposium are peer-led educational sessions that focus on relevant, thought-provoking topics, provide attendees with practical knowledge and skills, and appeal to attendees representing a variety of experience levels, educational settings, and youth audiences. Learn more here!