Getting The Most Out of Your School Garden

Educator Professional Learning and Volunteer Training Course


6 hours of in-person training, with 1.5 hours of independent work for teachers

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Great news! Our Spring training was a huge success, and both teachers and parents/volunteers asked for more, so we’re offering a Summer training! Our grant from Boulder County Sustainable Food and Ag continues to be available to pay stipends. (Details below)

  • DATES TBD – Likely February 2023
  • Location TBD – BVSD Greenhouse and GTT partner school garden(s)
  • 6 hours in person, with an additional 1.5 hours of independent work for teacher participants
Why a parent/volunteer training? Why a teacher training?

Garden to Table empowers school communities with gardens and curriculum to engage all students in experiential outdoor education. We are half of a partnership – the school (parents, volunteers, and teachers) are the other half. Without you, the gardens would flounder, so we want to be sure you feel well equipped to fill and grow your role as a Garden Lead or volunteer in the garden. This will be a chance to meet parents at other schools and learn answers to questions you’ve been asking about your child’s school garden or gardening generally. 

We’d love your support getting the word out to fellow teachers and community members about our Summer training. If both volunteers and teachers receive more training and support, we know each school garden can better fulfill its learning potential in 2022 and beyond. Could you please help by sharing this info with others who may be interested, and with your school’s administration to include in upcoming newsletters?

What will the training cover? 

Three Garden to Table staff will guide you to make best use of your school’s garden classroom.  This Part 2 training will build on our Spring session, and revisit previous topics as needed. Content will be finalized based on the needs of enrollees, and groups will be split as needed to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to make the most of this training.

  • Mandi Leigh, our Garden and Curriculum Coordinator at 6 schools, is a PhD Candidate in Education Reform.
  • Lindsey LeCuyer, our Program Director, is a former public school educator and is finishing 10 years as a Garden Lead at one of our partner schools.
  • Laurel Smith, our Garden Director, has a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Denver Permaculture Guild, is certified as a Master Gardner, and is a seasoned organic farmer.
Credit and Stipend Details
  • Stipends are available for the first 40 enrollees, upon completion of the entire course (6 hours for parents/volunteers and 7.5 hours for teachers)
  • BVSD teachers may receive salary credit for 7.5 hours of professional learning (6 hours in person and 1.5 hours independent), or Instructional Seat Time and a $150 stipend
  • Parents/volunteers can receive a $100 stipend for attending both in person sessions
  • Enrollment priority will be given to current GTT partner schools, with a goal of 2-3 volunteers and 2 teachers per school completing either/or the Spring and Summer training sessions
  • Please consider your ability to participate in the entire training before signing up. The grant which funds this program has a stated goal of a certain number of participant hours, and we risk non-compliance (and not being reimbursed!) if many enrollees don’t complete the listed hours.

Questions?  Please let us know. We’ll do our best to get back in touch promptly.

Parent leadership and volunteer roles – raw video footage from April 9th, 2022 training
5th grade cover crop lesson/outdoor classroom management – raw video footage from April 9, 2022
2nd grade lettuce harvest and 3rd grade planting – raw video footage from April 9, 2022 training
Stereotypes and biases that show up in school gardens – raw video footage from April 9, 2022 training
GTT’s ecologically sound garden practices – raw video footage from April 9, 2022 training
Video of online resources training held March 8, 2022