Workshops & Courses

Growing Minds: Garden-Based Learning from the Ground Up

A group of kids holding bags of vegetables.July 21-25, 2014
Cost: $140                 Time: 8 am - noon
Credit: 1-2 semester units of graduate credit available at additional cost of $60 per credit.
Place: Community GroundWorks Kids' Garden at Troy Gardens (500 block of Troy Drive, near Warner Park)
Instructor: Nathan Larson, Education Director, Community GroundWorks


This 5-day, 20-hour course is designed for K-12 teachers and community educators from throughout Wisconsin who are interested in building skills in the areas of youth garden education, development, and management. This course will emphasize an inquiry-based, hands-on approach to garden-based learning. Course topics will include youth garden design and construction, funding and resources, recommended tools and equipment, organic gardening methods, cooking in an outdoor garden kitchen, garden-based nutrition, nature study and games, earth art, chickens in the garden, program evaluation, and the role of youth gardening in the sustainable agriculture movement. Course instruction will take place outdoors in the award-winning Kids' Garden at Troy Gardens. Please bring sunscreen, drinking water, and appropriate clothing for the weather (e.g., hats, sunglasses, rain jacket). Enrollment is limited to 20 educators.

For participants who are traveling from out of town, has an excellent list of accommodations. The list includes hotels, hostels, and camping. A map of Madison hotels in relationship to Troy Drive is available here.

Garden-Based Education Workshops

Kids picking sunflower seeds.We provide workshops on a variety of garden-based education topics for schools upon request. Contact Nathan Larson, Education Director, for more information: 608-240-0409 or