Wisconsin School Garden Network







Teaching in Nature's Classroom 
now available!
In Teaching in Nature's Classroom: Core Principles of Garden-Based Education, Nathan Larson shares a philosophy of teaching in the garden. Rooted in years of experience and supported by research, Larson presents fifteen guiding principles of garden-based education. These principles and best practices are illustrated through engaging stories from the field. The book also features a collection of vivid paintings by mural artist Becky Redelings and connections to the research literature provided by Alex Wells and Sam Dennis of the University of Wisconsin Environmental Design Lab. 

We are excited to be able to offer copies of Teaching in Nature's Classroom free of charge! Visit the book website to receive a free copy.

This publication was supported through a partnership between Community GroundWorks and the Environmental Design Lab at UW-Madison. Funding for this project was provided by the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

What is the Wisconsin School Garden Network?

The Wisconsin School Garden Network, or WSGN, is a statewide support network for garden-based education. We hope that joining forces and sharing resources will make youth gardens stronger, and that stronger gardens will continue to improve the health of Wisconsin children. 

Wisconsin is full of passionate educators who have seen how gardens can make a difference in the lives of their students, and even more educators who envision a garden and want to get started. WSGN offers a large collection of resources for new and existing gardens at schools, after school sites, and early childhood centers. Educators can also find inspirational success stories from other Wisconsin school gardens, as well as information about school garden events and other ways to get involved in the school garden movement! 

Join the Network

We hope you'll join the network of school garden supporters by subscribing to the WSGN newsletter - you'll hear from us once a month, and add your voice to those calling for gardens as essential elements in Wisconsin schools.   

WSGN and WSGI         

WSGN builds off of the success of the Wisconsin School Garden Initiative, or WSGI. Visit the About Us page to learn more about the history and goals of both programs.