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Margaret Burns Westmeyer
Program Coordinator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
4747 Lincoln Mall Drive
Suite 601
Matteson, IL 60443
Phone: 708-679-6889
FAX: 708-679-6855
mburnswe@illinois.edu

Latosha Reggans
Extension Program Coordinator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
9415 South Western Avenue, Suite 201
Chicago, IL 60643
Phone: 773-233-2900
FAX: 773-233-9183
lreggans@illinois.edu

Emilia Arellano
Extension Program Coordinator
University of Illinois Extension
1114 N. Arlington Heights Road
Suite 201
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Phone: 847-201-4176
FAX: 847-201-4175
arellano@illinois.edu

Ron Wolford
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
9415 South Western Avenue, Suite 201
Chicago, IL 60643
Phone: 773-233-2900
FAX: 773-233-9183
rwolford@illinois.edu

Nancy Kreith
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
4747 Lincoln Mall Drive
Suite 601
Matteson, IL 60443
Phone: 708-679-6889
FAX: 708-679-6855
kreith@illinois.edu

School Garden Resources

School Garden Resources

School Garden Curricula and Lessons

  • Cornell: Garden Based Learning Activities
    Short, Stand-alone Lessons

  • Cornell: Garden Based Learning Curricula
    Designed to be taught in multiple sessions, though specific activities can be pulled and taught on their own.

  • Dig In! Teachers Guide
    Explore a world of possibilities in the garden and on your plate using ten inquiry-based lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables. More information is also available at Dig In! At Home Parent Booklet and Dig In! Posters.

  • Eat What You Grow! A School Garden Safety Manual
    The growing trend to bring healthier food into schools is coupled with the need to ensure that food grown on site is healthy and safe. Using the principles of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), which are guidelines that exist for production farms, and proper food handling procedures, this manual has been designed to provide safe oversights for school gardens.

  • Forty-Six School Garden Lessons
    A sequenced set of lessons for pre-K through 5th grade to use in a school garden.

  • Garden Based Learning Lessons
    From planting and harvesting ancient grains to using technology in the school garden, teachers in a Boston School Gardening program show and discuss how their students have learned from garden-based education. Check out the short PowerPoint presentations teachers’ made on diverse subjects for pre-kindergarten through 7th grade.

  • Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education
    Nutrition Education in the Garden

  • Got Veggies?
    A garden-based nutrition education curriculum created with the goal of getting children to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • Green Thumb Challenge
    The Green Thumb Challenge aims to connect children with nature and the healthy benefits of gardening as part of a nationwide movement to get kids growing. Take advantage of the free activities and standards-based lessons linking the classroom to the garden.

  • Life Lab: Quick and Easy School Garden Lessons
    The following videos demonstrate what we, here at Life Lab, refer to as "back pocket activities." These are all quick, easy, and highly engaging activities that require minimal preparation.

  • My First Garden
    A guide to the world of fun and clever gardening. Includes information on garden planning, fundamentals and teacher's guide.

  • School Garden Educator Resources
    A Collection of Support Materials for the School Garden Educator

  • School Garden Lesson Plan Database
    Search for school garden lessons

  • The Great Plant Escape
    Discover the mysterious world of plants and their functions. Complete with middle school level case studies.

  • UGA Extension: School Garden Curriculum
    These garden-based lessons are listed by grade level, and in grades K-5 are further subdivided into earth science, life science, and physical science topics.

  • Videos: Lessons in the Garden
    School Garden Instructors Teaching Lessons