Resources for School Gardens
School gardens provide the context for lessons across subjects and offer a wonderful opportunity to engage students in hands-on, project-based learning. Students who engage in school gardening are likely to experience academic, physical, emotional, social, and even behavioral benefits. BirdSleuth has partnered with Alaska Fertilizer to bring a series of online resources and tips on how schools can create and utilize gardens. Each month we will release a new post to encourage educators around the country.
- Bird-Friendly Winter Gardens: Discover how you can help birds survive winter with these garden design tips.
- Gardens for Birds! – Develop your school garden to benefit both your students and your local birds.
- Using Habitat Network for Schoolyard Habitat Improvements – Have students investigate the quality of your schoolyard for local wildlife with the citizen-science project Habitat Network.
- Creating an Outdoor Classroom – Don’t just build a garden, build an outdoor classroom!
- Citizen Science in your Outdoor Classroom – Learn how to bring citizen science around birds, invertebrate, plants, and more into your outdoor classroom and garden.
- Garden to Table – Discover the story of Mrs. Katy Cachiotis and her garden to table program at El Dorado Middle School.
- Ensuring Garden Success – Gather advice from successful school gardens to ensure your garden’s success.
- On Meadowview Street – Bring literacy to your garden with this Pre-K-4th grade book around making habitat improvements.
- Garden Connections – Learn the basics you need to consider when developing a garden.
We are seeking 20 dedicated teachers who strive to bring STEM and healthy living from the garden to the classroom. These teachers will receive $500-$2,000 grant, gardening supplies, and BirdSleuth’s Habitat Connections kit thanks to our sponsor Alaska Fertilizer. Funds may be used to support the building or revitalization of school gardens. In addition to food gardens, preference will be given to bird, pollinator, native habitat, rain, and other natural projects. Learn more about this wonderful garden grant opportunity!