Growing Minds: Garden Course for Educators
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.
Instructor: Ginny Hughes, Education Director, Community GroundWorks Assisted by Nathan Larson & Jennica Skoug.
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.
- Visit the Growing Minds Gallery to view photos and educator experiences from past courses.
- Read garden lesson ideas from 2015 Growing Minds participants.
- View the 2014 Growing Minds news spot on Madison's Channel 3.
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.
2015 Growing Minds participants