From the Ground Up: School Gardening

From the Ground Up: School Gardening is a 10-session professional development course for K-12 educators. The class occurs once a month on Saturdays from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm and covers garden planning, gardening techniques, nutrition trends, and the role of edible landscapes in our communities. Lessons utilize The Ranch, The Huntington's urban agriculture research station. Classes include lectures, discussions, hands-on activities, gardening practice, and demonstrations. The objective of this course is to align with science curriculum and provide an understanding of creating a garden space on school sites. Teachers will create and share lesson plans. Beginning and advanced gardeners welcome.

How to Register

Complete the online application by Aug. 1, 2018.
Applicants will be notified of admission status on Aug. 6, 2018.
Space is limited to 30 teachers.
Parking at The Huntington is free.


August 18, 2018
Planning for the Gardening Year
Working in the classroom and garden, you will learn about vegetable and herb selection and pairing, weeds to look out for, cover crops, and more. Which crops will come in fast? Which are poor bets? How should you prepare for fall rains? What happens at the end of the school year? And all this just in time for Southern California's prime gardening season!

September 15, 2018
Soil Health and Composting
Composting is both a great lesson in recycling and also an excellent way to build healthy garden soil. This class is all about organic soil management. It will cover basic soil science including the roles of pH, soil texture and type and how that affects plants. The class will also cover different methods of composting, including vermicomposting. We will discuss compost bins and also how to compost without a bin and discuss what methods might work best at your school site.

October 13, 2018
Propagation, Pest Control, and Irrigation
This class will cover several exciting yet essential garden skills. Participants will learn how to make more of their favorite plants in a propagation workshop. Propagation is a great classroom activity, plants can be sold for garden fundraisers and it is fun and easy to do. The class will also cover basic irrigation to help keep your garden watered over school breaks or fitting a busy schedule. Waterwise, drought friendly strategies will also be discussed. Finally participants will learn ways to deal with common garden pests in ways that are kid friendly and environmentally sensitive.

November 17, 2018
Math and Science in the Garden
Learn how a school garden can enliven math and science lessons. From simple arithmetic to statistics, from observation to experimentation, there are numerous lessons that rely on the garden. Review curricula and discuss their application to your classroom as well as practicing a few in the garden.

December 8, 2018
The Laboratory and the Garden
Working with the teaching lab, this class will delve into the relationship between flowers and fruits, the difference between fruits and vegetables, and touch up on the living nature of what we grow and eat. We will use the microscopes to take a closer look at plants.

Teacher Resources

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