Workshops & Courses

Growing Minds: Garden-Based Learning from the Ground Up

Dates: July 20-24, 2015  Time: 8:00 am-12:00 pm  Cost: $140  

Credit: 1-2 semester units of graduate credit available at additional cost of $60 per credit.

InstructorNathan Larson, Education Director, Community GroundWorks

Location: Community GroundWorks' Troy Kids' Garden - 500 block of Troy Drive, Madison. Map 

Course Description: 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.

Learn More: Visit the Growing Minds Gallery to view photos and educator experiences from past courses, view the 2014 Growing Minds news spot on Madison's Channel 3. 

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


Spring Tree Pruning Workshop

Please join us on Saturday, March 28th, for our spring orchard pruning workshop! This free, hands-on workshop will cover spring pruning and tree care. Please bring your stepladders, loppers, trimming saws, and hand pruners--we also will have tools to share.

Where: Mendota Mental Health Institute (MMHI) Orchard (directions below)

When: Satruday, March 28th 2pm-4pm


Directions to the MMHI Orchard:

Go west from Troy gardens along the 500 block of Troy Drive and past the main entrance to MMHI, continue uphill and turn left on "N Street"-it's the other entrance to MMHI, just opposite the bus stop as the street becomes Green Avenue. Follow the road to MMHI as it runs behind the power plant and past the security offices; look for a small parking lot at the intersection with Nurse's Dormitory Road.