Welcome to the Kansas School Gardens Curriculum!

Welcome!

This curriculum is designed to support Kansas schools as they create and sustain school garden projects. Our vision is that Kansas school gardens will provide an integrated context for learning. A primary focus of this resource is to provide ideas and tools for educators that will involve students in all aspects of garden planning, planting, and maintenance. The activities in this curriculum are designed to complement regular school curricula with hands-on, interdisciplinary environmental education, providing tools and inspiration for educators to take kids outside and connect the wonders of gardening with reading, writing, math, art, physical education, science and social studies. 

 

April 20 in Pittsburg, KS

Explore School Gardening:  Garden Tours, Garden How-To's, and More!

  • Want to start, expand, or help support a school garden? This event is for you!
  • A unique networking experience especially for those interested in school gardening in Kansas!
  • Gain INFORMATIONRESOURCES, and the PARTNERSHIPS necessary to help start or expand your school garden program
  • TOUR local school gardens and farms in the Southeast Kansas regions
  • Discover innovative ways to grow and cultivate your school garden programs through partnerships with other school garen enthusiasits from the region
  • Explore the new online Kansas School Gardens Curriculum full of tips, tricks, and a step by step HOW-TO GUIDE for starting and sustaining a school gardening program
  • Think Outside the Box! Bring a partner. Bring someone with you who wants to be part of your school garden team.Garden partners can be anyone: your neighbor, a school parent, a school staff member, a local church member, an FFA member, a farmer, a local business owner, etc.

Pre-registration is required by 17 April. Click here to download additional information and registration forms or Click here to register online.

This event is open to all K - grade 12 educators, school staff, school garden partners, school parents, and any person or business outside the school system that is interested in supporting school gardening efforts. Registration Fee is $10.00 (includes lunch, drinks, snacks, garden/farm tours, networking, and how-to's).

This event is offered by KACEE and co-sponsored by the Kansas Health Foundation. Special thanks to Pittsburg State University.

 

 

May 4 in Hutchinson, KS

Explore School Gardening:  Garden Tours, Garden How-To's, and More!

  • Want to start, expand, or help support a school garden? This event is for you!
  • A unique networking experience especially for those interested in school gardening in Kansas!
  • Gain INFORMATIONRESOURCES, and the PARTNERSHIPS necessary to help start or expand your school garden program
  • TOUR local school gardens and farms in the Western and Central Kansas regions
  • Discover innovative ways to grow and cultivate your school garden programs through partnerships with other school garen enthusiasits from the region
  • Explore the new online Kansas School Gardens Curriculum full of tips, tricks, and a step by step HOW-TO GUIDE for starting and sustaining a school gardening program
  • Think Outside the Box! Bring a partner. Bring someone with you who wants to be part of your school garden team.Garden partners can be anyone: your neighbor, a school parent, a school staff member, a local church member, an FFA member, a farmer, a local business owner, etc.

Pre-registration is required by 1 May. Click here to download additional information and registration forms or Click here to register online.

This event is open to all K - grade 12 educators, school staff, school garden partners, school parents, and any person or business outside the school system that is interested in supporting school gardening efforts. Registration Fee is $10.00 (includes lunch, drinks, snacks, garden/farm tours, networking, and how-to's).

This event is offered by KACEE and co-sponsored by the Kansas Health Foundation. Special thanks to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hutchinson.

 

 

Thanks to all who contributed to this project! 

 

Sponsors

USDA Specialty Crop Grant Program (through a sub-grant from the Kansas Department of Agriculture)

Kansas Association for Conservation & Environmental Education

 

Partners

Kansas School Gardening Coalition

The Community Mercantile

Kansas State Department of Education

 

Curriculum Writing Team

Beth Carreno - Bookworm Gardens, Sheboygan,WI

Nancy O’Connor - The Community Mercantile, Lawrence, KS

Lily Siebert – The Community Mercantile, Lawrence, KS

Dan Phelps – Professional Gardener, Lawrence, KS

Heather Teasley - Kindergarten USD 382, Pratt, KS

Mike Hotz - High School Science Wyandotte High School, Kansas City, KS

  Kathy Talbott - 6th Grade Tomahawk Elementary, Overland Park, KS

 Mandy Kern – Agriculture Hiawatha High School, Hiawatha, KS

 

Contributors

K-State Research & Extension
Charles W. Marr, Ted Carey, Raymond Cloyd, and Megan Kennelly
Kansas Garden Guide
Kansas State University, March 2010.
 
Kansas State Department of Education
Cheryl Johnson
 
 

Project Managers

Ashlyn Kite-Hartwich -  KACEE, Onaga, KS

Laura Downey, KACEE - Manhattan, KS

Melissa Arthur, KACEE - Perry, KS

Shari L. Wilson, KACEE - Kansas City, KS

 

Photo Credits

Lisa Stork

Nancy O'Connor

Ashlyn Kite-Hartwich

Shari L. Wilson