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  

Note: Registration for the 2015 Growing Minds course is currently full. You may sign up for our waiting list, or check back in early spring for information about Growing Minds 2016!

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, 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.