“Seed Saving in Schools“: a wonderful resource put together by Food for Life and Garden Organic, both based in the UK. This guide discusses the numerous learning opportunities derived from seed saving activities in schools and outlines how to set up your very own seed swap, allowing students to contribute positively to their school and wider community.
“From Generation to Generation: An Activity Guidebook in the Living Tradition of Seed Saving” : a seed education program with grade-by-grade activities to bring young gardeners through the full cycle from seed to seed.
Garden-based Lesson Plans
“Patterns through the Seasons: a Year of School Food Garden Activities” published by Lifecycles and Evergreen, this resource booklet is designed as a curriculum resource for teachers who want to use a school food garden as an ‘outdoor classroom’ where students can experience hands-on learning in many areas of the curriculum (Kindergarten to Grade 7).
“Making Connections: Elementary learning activities in, about and for the environment (Grade 1-8)” published by Onatrio EcoSchools. This collection of learning activities for elementary schools is designed for Earth Week or another EcoSchools celebration. Lessons can be used in classrooms as well. While each activity can stand alone, the collection is especially designed for an entire school of primary, junior and intermediate classes to spend an afternoon engaged in environmental learning adventures, focusing on the theme of human environment connections.
“Garden Habitats: Fourth Grade Science Exploration” Garden-based activities centred around the concept of habitats and communties; published by LifeLab.
“Roots Around the World: A pedagogical guide on urban gardening“: Created by the Rooftop Garden Team, this collection of activities and projects is geared towards students in elementary school and highlights the role urban agriculture plays in the world. Through learning about the production and consumption of food in urban areas, youth discover that simple daily actions have a large impact on people’s health, their communities and the environment, on a local and international scale.
Schoolyard to Market: A youth development and entrepreneurship program created by Education Outside in partnership with the Center for Urban Education for Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA). This step-by-step curriculum guide directs students on how to develop a planting plan, nurture crops in the school garden, and harvest the crop and take it to market to sell.
“Pollinator Gardens and Habitat Program Curriculum and Activities” by the Coevolution Institute. exercises on butterfly and pollinator gardens, pollinators, other insects their relatives and biodiversity.
“Vanishing of the Bees – Study Guide” – The film, Vanishing of the Bees, examines the issue of Colony Collapse Disorder, which has caused a startling decline in honeybee populations in recent years. The film is available in a 34-minute educational version. This guide offers discussion questions, activity ideas, concept standards, and resources to help you use the film with your students. It is geared for students in Grades 6-10 and may be used in science, environmental science, agricultural education, or social science classes.
Composting in Schools
Designs for composting systems: Interested in setting up a composter in your school garden? Check out this resource from the Cornell Waste Management Institute for design ideas that will suit your site and resources.
School-wide Composting Guide: Published by Green Calgary this is a comprehensive guide to setting-up a composting program at your school, along with lessons learned through the school composting program implemented in Calgary.
Cultivating Joy & Wonder: Educating for Sustainability in Early Childhood Through Nature, Food, and Community: A publication by Shelburne Farms brings “Education for Sustainability” into your early childhood classroom through engaging activities, essays, and resources that encourage children to explore and engage in the world around them.
“Le jardin des possibles” un guide méthodologique pour accompagner les projets de jardins partagés, éducatifs et écologiques, publié par le Réseau École et Nature.