Workshops & Courses

Growing Minds: Garden-Based Learning from the Ground Up!

Dates: July 25-29, 2016 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.

Instructors: Ginny Hughes, Education Director at Community GroundWorks & Nathan Larson, Cultivating Health Initiative Director

Location: Community GroundWorks' Troy Kids' Garden - 502  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 22 educators. Register here. 

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

 

Gardening with Kids 101

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016 Time: 8:00am-12:00pm Cost: $60 per adult. Up to 2 children attend free with each adult participant!

Instructor: Jennica Skoug, Goodman Youth Farm Manager

Location: Goodman Youth Farm, 5017 Sudbury Way, Madison WI 53714. Map

Course Description: How do you let kids following their natural inclinations and curiosity in the garden, and still make sure the broccoli gets planted and the weeds don't take over? This family-friendly, hands-on workshop is designed as a practical guide for engaging kids of all ages in garden activities that are beneficial to both young minds, and young plants! Adults and kids will work, learn, and play side by side, learning tips and tricks (and kid-friendly tools) for all steps of the gardening process: prepping and planting beds, weeding and watering, harvesting, composting, and cooking with veggies right in the garden. We will discuss ways to get the most out of your time together in the garden - from work projects that keep working "behind the scenes," to designing simple tools that let kids work at their own pace, to cooking creatively with garden produce throughout the year. Whether you are a parent, an educator, a young gardener, or just young at heart, this will be an enjoyable morning full of practical resources for working with kids out in the garden. 

This workshop will take place outdoors at the Goodman Youth Farm. Please bring sunscreen, drinking water, and appropriate clothing for the weather (e.g., hats, sunglasses, rain jacket). A garden snack will be provided. Register here.

 

Beekeeping with Youth

Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 Time: 8:00am-12:00pm Cost: $60 per adult. Up to two children attend free with each adult participant! 

Instructor: Jennica Skoug, Goodman Youth Farm Manager

Location: Goodman Youth Farm, 5017 Sudbury Way, Madison WI 53714. Map

Course Description: Honeybees are an incredible gateway to learning and loving the outdoors for students of any age! Learn how to attract and interact with bees and other garden-loving pollinators in this hands-on, family-friendly workshop. We will begin with a number of garden-based activities to help kids learn about and interact with mason bees and other native Wisconsin pollinators. Then, we will spend time with the Youth Farm's honeybee hives. We will don beekeeping gear to get a close-up look at the bees while we learn basic beekeeping techinques and explore fascinating word of honeybee biology. We will make our own beeswax lipbalm, and end the morning by cooking two delicious recipes - including our own ice cream! - that join fresh honey with fresh vegetables from the garden. You need not have your own beehive to participate - this course is open to pollinator lovers of all levels!

This workshop will take place outdoors at the Goodman Youth Farm. Please bring sunscreen, drinking water, and appropriate clothing for the weather (e.g., hats, sunglasses, rain jacket). A garden snack will be provided. Register here.