WHAT CAN  I EXPECT?

The Classroom Gardener supports teachers and students with a meaningful cross-curricular, place-based, on-site school garden learning experience.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Classroom Gardener includes 2 professional development sessions, comprehensive, cross-curricular teaching guides, and an awesome bundle of all related teaching resources! We also include all the gardening supplies necessary to run a successful school garden!

WHO CAN  PARTICIPATE?

We provide on-site, in-garden, programming for students of all ages in public, private and home learning spaces within Vancouver’s lower mainland. Schools outside of this area can still contact us for professional development bookings.

  • Preschools and daycare centres are eligible for our professional development series and on site coaching within the Lower Mainland.
  • K-7 schools within the Lower Mainland are eligible for our comprehensive year-long Classroom Gardener programming.
  • K-7 schools outside of the Lower Mainland are eligible for the professional development series and can purchase the teacher’s guides.
  • Grades 8-12 are eligible for the professional development series and on-site coaching, within the Lower Mainland.

WHY GARDEN  WITH KIDS AT SCHOOL?

The research is overwhelmingly clear that learning out-of-doors provides a valuable context for academic, social and emotional skill development.

  • Learning in natural environments encourages imaginative and flexible thinking, which has been correlated with efficient problem solving later in life.
  • Learning out of doors has been associated with improved outcomes in all academic areas, specifically expressive language, math reasoning and scientific understanding.
  • Children who learn out of doors are more able to focus on non-preferred tasks and see improvements in their ability to problem solve.
  • There is a high correlation between outdoor learning and reduced anxiety and depression in children.
  • Learning outdoors improves overall health.
  • Learning outdoors increases opportunities for positive social interaction, communication skills, group cohesion and teamwork.
  • Learning out of doors develops positive relationships between teachers and children, that can then vastly improve a child’s school experience.

WHAT IF I’M NOT A GARDENER?

No problem! We support teachers with all levels of garden experience. We can show you ways to broaden your existing garden program or give you the confidence and skills to get started! We can work with garden spaces that are still in the planning stages, or spaces that have been neglected over time. Our multimedia presentations and hands-on workshops will leave you feeling motivated and confident in your role as you learn along side your students!

How Will This Program Help Me Teach the Redesigned Curriculum?

When your school enrols in The Classroom Gardener’s year long program, we’ll provide all the K-7 resources, materials, lesson plans, workshops and follow-up activities for you to use with your classes (that teach to the big ideas, core and curricular competencies of the B.C. redesigned curriculum). We know the barriers to effective school-yard gardening and have worked through the challenges to provide you with the most comprehensive cross-curricular program available. The Classroom Gardener was written with the redesigned curriculum in mind, so you can be sure your students are covering content every time they step out into your outdoor classroom and garden! Our lessons are easy to use, and provide a meaningful context for integrating the First People’s Principles of Learning into your classroom culture.

 

WHAT WILL IT COST?

Our full year program is best suited for multi-class participation, or a starting budget of $5000. If this exceeds your budget capacity, please call us to discuss pricing options, per student pricing, and grant suggestions. Many schools partially pay for this program from monies fundraised by their Parent Advisory Committee, and then charge an “in school” field trip fee to cover the rest of the cost. In most cases, costs to students for the complete program are less than a one day field trip to any educational venue in the lower mainland. There are many, many grants and community partner sponsorships available to schools that support this program. Please do not hesitate to call because of cost! We can help you find funding for this program.

 

YOUR FEES INCLUDE

  • Two super motivating half days (or after school sessions) of professional development for teachers, by teachers.
  • Place based, informative, and hands-on monthly garden learning for students led by professional organic gardeners.
  • A teacher’s guide for each participating classroom teacher with engaging follow-up lesson plans, links to online resources, and video content for classroom use.
  • All required classroom resources to teach the provided lesson plans, including a big bundle of recommended picture books and loose parts for creative play in your garden!
  • Site visit and garden preparation by professional organic gardeners.
  • Crop mapping and succession planning by professional organic gardeners.
  • All required children’s gardening gloves, tools and garden supplies. (Plus a pair of garden gloves for each participating teacher!)
  • Monthly summer follow up maintenance, so your garden is good to grow in September!
  • Harvesting assistance and guidance on organizing a harvest celebration.

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS

  • Assemblies and multi-media presentations to students to kick off and celebrate success.
  • Individual teacher resource tubs for each participating teacher
  • Infrastructure and raised garden beds for schools without existing garden spaces
  • Weekly watering maintenance
  • Shared teaching and modelled lessons
  • Additional professional development topics to support teaching the redesigned curriculum in your school garde
  • PAC presentations and parent information evenings
  • Liaison with suppliers to arrange soil delivery etc.
  • Out of City of Vancouver travel time
  • Garden spaces that exceed 100 square feet

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OR CLASSROOM COACHING ONLY

  • This option is available to preschools and high schools within Vancouver’s Lower Mainland. Contact us to discuss what levels of support would best suit your school’s specific requirements.
  • Professional development is available in any location across North America. Please contact us for rates.