The Classroom Gardener supports teachers and students with a meaningful cross-curricular, place-based, on-site school garden learning experience.
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!
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.
The research is overwhelmingly clear that learning out-of-doors provides a valuable context for academic, social and emotional skill development.
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!
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.
Our full year program is best suited for multi-class participation and we strongly encourage entire schools participating! The approximate cost is $1000 per division (or approx $50/student) for the 14 month program. If this exceeds your budget capacity, please call us to discuss pricing and funding options 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.