Garden Education Resources

Gardens inspire rich and relevant interdisciplinary learning. Below, find garden-based learning resources published by the Intergenerational Landed Learning Project, as well as books and resources published by other organizations. Learn about organizations in Vancouver and beyond that promote and inspire our work!

Leaf Color Chromatography - Bite Sci-zed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH-AJDqsSII

#science #hands on #paper chromatography #autumn leaves

Skill Level: Intermediate and above (could be done as a demo for early elementary)

Smarty Plants http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2213659300

#plant behaviour

Skill Level: intermediate and above

Doodling in Math: Spirals, Fibonacci, and Being a Plant https://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=ahXIMUkSXX0

#math #art #fibonacci #nature is magic!

Skill Level: upper intermediate and above

Sex in Your Garden by Angela Overy http://www.amazon.com/Sex-Your-Garden-Angela-Overy/dp/1555913350

#not what you think #plant reproduction #cool book #good for research #plants are like us

Skill Level: intermediate and up

Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm http://www.amazon.ca/Living-Sunlight-Plants-Bring-Earth/dp/0545044227

#amazing book #the sun in us all #photosynthesis #great illustrations

Skill Level: elementary and up (advanced concepts, but accessible)

Sand, silt, and clay http://thirdgradethinkers8.blogspot.ca/2012/05/types-of-soil-investigation-and.html

#science #hands on #observation #physical properties of soil #lesson plan #worksheets

Skill Level:upper-primary and intermediate

The Magic Schoolbus Meets the Rot Squad http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/516207.The_Magic_School_Bus_Meets_The_Rot_Squad

#Great book #decomposition

Skill Level: elementary

Awareness of Soil Erosion

http://www.goodshomedesign.com/awareness-soil-erosion/

#science demo #powerful visual #soil erosion #cover crop!

Skill Level: all ages

How to Identify Insect Pests in Your Vegetable Garden: CSI: Garden Pests https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rJeen4huv4

#Garden Pest ID #Observation #Video

Skill Level:intermediate and up

An Extraordinary Glimpse into the First 21 Days of a Bee’s Life in 60 Seconds by Anand Varma

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/05/an-extraordinary-glimpse-into-the-first-21-days-of-a-bees-life-in-60-seconds/

#incredible video #time lapse #a bee’s work #honeybee hatching

Field to Fork: Why Local Food Matters https://www.pinterest.com/landedlearningp/field-to-fork/

#animated video #great explanation #British!

Skill Level: primary and up

Tops And Bottoms by Janet Stevens http://www.amazon.ca/Tops-And-Bottoms-Janet-Stevens/dp/0152928510

#plant parts we eat #illustrated #story book

Skill Level: primary

Water Cycle Jump by Bill Nye the Science Guy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evH2r5dOq5Q

#music video #water cycle #word

The Poop Cycle by ASAP Science https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMIHFR_P7QY

#cool animation #poop! #what goes down the drain #clean water

Skill Level: upper intermediate and up

A Cool Drink of Water by Barbara Kerley http://www.amazon.ca/Cool-Drink-Water-Barbara-Kerley/dp/0792254899/?qid=1385770205&s=books&sr=1-1&keywords=a+cool+drink+of+water&ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_1

#beautiful book #great photos #how people gather water #global thinking #read aloud

Skill Level: elementary

Planet Money Makes a T-shirt http://apps.npr.org/tshirt/#/cotton

#story of a t-shirt #cool video

Skill Level: upper intermediate and above

A great blog by our former Farm Friend and Garden Educator Extraordinaire, Djamila Moore https://radiclelearning.wordpress.com

Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA)

The Environmental Youth Alliance works to engage and empower youth to create meaningful, positive action for our community and environmental health.

What we love: Environmental engagement and citizen scientist projects

 

Fresh Roots Urban Farming Society

Fresh Roots cultivates engaging gardens and programs that catalyze healthy eating, ecological stewardship, and community celebration.

What we love: Schoolyard farms engaging students in growing and selling food for their schools and community!

 

Growing Chefs

Growing Chefs! Chefs for Children’s Urban Agriculture gets kids excited about good, healthy food.

What we love: Fun and empowering grow-harvest-cook programs in elementary schools, windowsill gardening resources

 

Project CHEF

Project CHEF: Cook Healthy Edible Food is an experiential, curriculum-based school program aimed at children in kindergarten to grade seven that teaches students about healthy food: where it comes from, what it tastes like, how to prepare it and how to enjoy sharing it around a table.

What we love: Excellent programs led by chefs, getting youth excited about local food and healthy eating by learning to cook at school

 

Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) 

SPEC School garden programs connect children to their food, to each other, to nature and to their community.

What we love: School Garden Programming and free on-line curriculum resources “Green Thumbs at School: SPEC Food Garden Lesson Book

 

Edible Schoolyard Project, Berkeley, CA

Boston Food Project, Boston, MA

GRuB, Olympia, WA

Center for EcoliteracyBerkeley, CA

Growing Gardens School Garden Coordinator Certificate Training, Portland, OR