Teaching Science in the Garden

Date: October 20, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Bay Mills Community College-West Campus, Migizi Hall, 1895 S. Iroquois Row, Brimley, MI 49715
Contact: Kathryn O'Donnell: 906-635-6368 or Kathryn.o'donnell@foodcorps.org Michelle Walk: walkmich@msu.edu

The purpose of this training is to share climatically, geologically, and culturally appropriate best practices for improving soil health and student school garden engagement through lessons and project based learning opportunities that tie directly to the science standards. Many Upper Peninsula schools have or are installing school gardens and hoop houses. Educators want to expand their use as educational tools but are facing challenges in soil fertility and knowing what to plant when so that students are able to both plant and harvest in the garden. These issues can be addressed by increasing educator knowledge, empowering educators with the tools to integrate these activities into their science curriculum, and connecting teachers to one another to form a network of support and innovation in garden education.

After the training participants will have increased their knowledge in the following areas:

  • Understand how compost can be used to improve soil health and have examples of how to teach soil basics in the classroom and garden.
  • Know what produce crops and varieties thrive in the U.P.’s cool and sometimes downright cold spring and fall.
  • Know when to plant crops for a selected harvest date so that students can participate in the complete cycle of growing food during the school year.
  • How to teach crop planning as a classroom lesson series.
  • How to connect gardening education to a greater understanding of the food system and environment.

Visit the Teaching Science in the Garden registration page for more information.

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