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Schoolyard Gardens Conference 2020

Friday, March 6, 2020
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska MN

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Master Gardener Program
Minnesota Schoolyard Gardens Coalition
Presented by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program in collaboration with the Minnesota Schoolyard Gardens Coalition 

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Conference Support

Garden-To-Plate Workshops

Registration Options                 2020 Agenda2020 Agenda

Register Schoolyard Gardens Conference Only
Friday, March 6 
Schoolyard Gardens Conference
$70 member/$80 non-member
includes coffee, sessions, snack (Hot lunch buffet option no longer available)

Register Bundle & Save! 2-Day Bundle
Friday, March 6 Schoolyard Gardens Conference
Saturday, March 7 Garden-to-Plate Food Workshops
$90 member bundle/$100 non-member bundle (reg price $140/$160)
includes coffee, sessions, snack (Hot lunch buffet both days no longer available) 


Schoolyard gardens are a successful, growing part of Minnesota schools, and provide an incomparable, hands-on opportunity for educators and students. Join us for this annual conference to:

  • Network with others who are passionate about connecting youth with plants
  • Learn how to meet academic standards through gardening, including the new science standards
  • Discover ways to engage with community partners and the school board to sustain your project
  • Explore the latest research and best practices in agriculture, healthy eating, cultural competency, natural systems and more
  • Apply innovative strategies for building, sustaining, and engaging diverse learners in a thriving schoolyard garden

Keynote Presentation

  Stephen Jones

Superintendent, Little Falls Community Schools Garden-to-Cafeteria Project

Learn the secret ingredients of growth for the Little Falls Garden-to-Cafeteria Project. In seven years, this school has redefined how staff, students and the community work together for a healthier lunch program.

More about Stephen Jones


Farm to School and Early Care Success in Minnesota

Learn more about Farm to School and Early Care Success in Minnesota


Featured Sessions & Topics

  • Celebrating ten years in the garden
  • Science standards in the garden presented by the Department of Education
  • NASA STEM engagement in the classroom
  • How to create and maintain a school garden for all students
  • What early childhood nutrition and garden practice should look like
  • Using schoolyard gardens as a way to teach climate change
  • Cultivating student growth with agriculture
  • How honey bees fit into our ecosystem and food system
  • Give your classroom wings! Introduce your students to one of the fastest
    growing outdoor learning activities in the world -- Birding!

Bundle & Save! 2-Day Bundle
Add this day of workshops to your registration for a discounted fee!
(Or register for only Saturday here.)
A Day of Food Workshops
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Minnesota Department of Education
MN Action for Healthy Kids

Ag in the Classroom


Call 612-301-1210

Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.

Financial hardship assistance may be available. Please call 612-301-1210 to inquire.


A certificate of completion for continuing education contact hours will be available to participants upon completion of the day. 


Holiday Inn Chanhassen  Holiday Inn & Suites,   Chanhassen-
  Schoolyard Gardens Conference rate:  $134.00 plus tax 

As a partner of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the Holiday in Express & Suites offers Arboretum visitors hotel discounts. The hotel is just a few minutes east of the Arboretum in downtown Chanhassen.