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This online conference is dedicated to Minnesota's educators and schoolyard gardens professionals to be refueled and re-energized through the healing power of nature.

2021 Schoolyard Gardens Conference - ONLINE!
Nature Heals

Monday March 1 - Friday March 5, 2021

This virtual conference will bring together Minnesota's schoolyard gardens community to explore the power to heal our communities touched by the events of 2020. Educators, volunteers, Farm to School advocates & garden coordinators from all four corners of Minnesota will gather in March to share their love of plants and transformative power of nature with their students & communities.

The theme this year, "Nature Heals" is dedicated to our hardworking and overwhelmed schoolyard garden/Ag educators & teachers. The conference goal is to provide unique opportunities for them to refuel and recover from this difficult school year. This year, we are asking all of our speakers to incorporate an activity or tool that offers well-being resources and stress-relievers that will help them finish the school year strongly. 

Fees

  • Free, registration required: First Session only Mon March 1, noon -  Dana Thompson,"Re-contextualizing the treatment of trauma through a decolonized lens"
  • $10/each session (Includes recording): individual Sessions after the First session
COUPON
$5 off each session!
Take $5 off each session when purchasing 5 or more different sessions.
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Rules Applicable to any 5 of more sessions listed below, minimum 5 different $10 sessions must be purchased in the same order.
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Minnesota Department of Education

How it works

  • Browse all session options below. Click the register buttons next to each session to register for each
  • You can add multiple different sessions to your online shopping cart before checking out
  • Registered participants will receive a confirmation email with a link to login to each session
  • One registration per person (do not share the link from your registration email)
  • Download Zoom to participate in each webinar, available on desktop, mobile and tablet.
  • Each session will include live Q&A with the presenter, and the recording will be available to session registrants afterward (with speaker permission)

Register for Sessions

Plenary Session for Schoolyard Gardens Conference Online, photo Dana Thompson
This presentation is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the North Central Region SARE program
North Central Region SARE program

Re-contextualizing the treatment of trauma through a decolonized lens 

ONLINE WEBINAR
Monday, March 1, 12:00-12:45 p.m. CENTRAL

Plenary Presenter
Dana Thompson: Co-owner/COO, The Sioux Chef; Executive Director, NaTIFS (North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems)

As we start a new year, growth is happening across Minnesota but a lot of work has yet to be done. Dana will walk us through shifts and new ways of learning to create successful programs that serve as living laboratories to honor the roots of indigenous food as a lifeline to nature.

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Hope Flanagan

Armando Medinaceli

This presentation is supported by the Minnesota Department of Education
Minnesota Department of Education

Reflections and Resources: Lessons learned from 2020

ONLINE WEBINAR
Monday, March 1, 1:00-1:45 p.m. CENTRAL

Presenters
  • Hope Flanagan, Dream of Wild Health
  • Armando Medinaceli, PhD, Indigenous Education Director, NATIFS
  • Bonnie Lohman, Midwest Food Connections

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Jean Larson

This presentation is supported by the Minnesota Department of Education
Minnesota Department of Education

Nature Heals: The positive effects of nature on physical health & mental well-being 

ONLINE WEBINAR
Monday, March 1, 2:00-2:45 p.m. CENTRAL

Presenter
Jean Larson, PhD, CTRS, HTR, Nature-Based Therapeutic Services, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & HealingManager, Asst. Professor, University of Minnesota 

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Meg Cowden

Sowing Hope: Extending the Garden Season by Starting Early

ONLINE WEBINAR
Tuesday, March 2, 1:00-1:45 p.m. CENTRAL

Presenter
Meg Cowden, Seed to Fork Blogger & Master Gardener

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Farm at the Arb Programming Advisory Council

Farm at the Arb Programming Advisory Council presents: Garden education and distance learning, how to engage and grow?

ONLINE WEBINAR
Tuesday, March 2, 2:00-2:45 p.m. CENTRAL

Presenters

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Minnesota Regional Networking

Regional Networking Session: Nature heals you where you are 

ONLINE WEBINAR
Tuesday, March 2, 3:00-3:45 p.m. CENTRAL

Moderators by region
  • Heidi Auel, North West
  • Jolene Carlson, Central
  • Kate Seybold, Metro
  • Keri Sidle, Metro
  • Lori Murphy, Southern
  • Sarah Mayer & Renee Willemsen, North East

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Jason Reese

Coming Out of Covid: Getting Your Garden Back, Maximizing Production, and Building Community

ONLINE WEBINAR
Wednesday, March 3, 1:00-1:45 p.m. CENTRAL

Presenter
Jason Reese, Intermediate District 287 Social Studies & Agricultural Education 

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Jolene Carlson

Green Classrooms: Bringing Nature Inside 

ONLINE WEBINAR
Wednesday, March 3, 2:00-3:15 p.m. CENTRAL

Presenter
Jolene Carlson 

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Jamie Harris and Jeff Carlson

Wonder at Whittier: Nature and Kids in the Inner City

ONLINE WEBINAR
Wednesday, March 3, 4:00-4:45 p.m. CENTRAL

Presenters
  • Jaime Harris, Master Gardener Youth Education & Community Program Coordinator, Hennepin County
  • University of Minnesota Extension/Hennepin County
  • Jeff Carlson, Whittier Elementary School, Minneapolis

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Farm to School Thursday
These presentations are supported by the Minnesota Department of Education

Evans, Bunney & Billiet

This presentation is supported by the Minnesota Department of Education
Minnesota Department of Education

Pollinator Outdoor Education: Can anything be more healing than images of butterflies? 

ONLINE WEBINAR
Thursday, March 4, 1:00-1:45 p.m. CENTRAL

Presenters
  • Elaine Evans, Extension Educator and Bee Researcher, University of Minnesota
  • Katie-Lyn Bunney, Education Coordinator, Monarch Joint Venture
  • Eric Billiet, Expanded Learning Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education

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Annalisa Hultberg

This presentation is supported by the Minnesota Department of Education
Minnesota Department of Education

Food safety in the garden: keeping it safe and fun

ONLINE WEBINAR
Thursday, March 4, 2:00-2:45 p.m. CENTRAL

Presenters

  • Annalisa Hultberg, Extension Educator, Food Safety, University of Minnesota

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Rachel Doherty

This presentation is supported by the Minnesota Department of Education
Minnesota Department of Education

Minnesota Farm to School

Growing a program in a pandemic:
Farm to School Champion Mesabi East

ONLINE WEBINAR
Thursday, March 4, 3:30-4:15 p.m. CENTRAL

Presenters

  • Rachel Doherty, Ag Educator, Greenhouse Manager, and Farm to School

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Food Insecurity Panel

Farm at the Arb

Farm at the Arb Spotlight: Urban Agriculture as a Solution to Food Insecurity

ONLINE WEBINAR
Friday, March 5, 1:00-2:00 p.m. CENTRAL

Panelists:

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A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR COMMUNITY COLLABORATORS

Farm at the Arb Programming Advisory Council Master Gardener Program

 

 

Minnesota Department of Education

 

 

   

 

  

QUESTIONS ABOUT REGISTRATION?

Call 612-301-1210
Email: ArbEdu@umn.edu

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

Hosted by

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Sponsorship Information

Learn more about the 2021 Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Please contact Carrie Stowers at cstowers@umn.edu to discuss options and benefits for your organization. 

Endorsing Organizations- HIVE Platform

This no-cost option shows your support by helping to promote the program to your constituents.
Contact Carrie Stowers at cstowers@umn.edu to confirm your endorsement.  

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Essentia Health

Forks in the Dirt


Harvest Moon Edible Landscapes

Hennepin County Master Gardener
Expanded Food & Nutritional Education Program

Java Cycle

Kanabec County Master Gardeners

Midwest Food Connection

Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary & Wellness Services

Minnesota Ag in the Classroom

Minnesota Association for Environmental Education

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Minnesota Department of Education


Minnesota Department of Health

Minnesota Farmers Union

Minnesota State Horticulture Society

Monarch Joint Venture

Mora Elementary School

Renewing the Countryside

Roots Return Heritage Farm

Seeds Feeds

Seed to Fork

Synergy & Leadership Exchange

University of Minnesota Extension

West Side Farmers Market

Youth Farm