Schoolyard Gardens provide an incomparable, hands-on opportunity for students to meet state learning standards, engage with communities, partner with businesses, and learn about healthy eating and (re)connect with the land.
This winter, the Arboretum and conference affiliates brought together educators, school administrators, students, gardeners, community leaders, volunteers, business owners, local government officials, and non-profits with a passion for bringing students and community members into the garden. These participants presented successful models of schoolyard gardens and public-private partnerships, discussed fundraising, legal and other challenges, and evaluated many inspiring ways to integrate outdoor classrooms into schools' educational culture.
Local government officials
Social service workers
Landscape/garden design community
Parents and others interested in helping to grow a schoolyard garden
Top left and right: Dan Marshall
Center top and header: Courtesy Sandy Tanck