Garden Curriculum Sites and Resources

 Check back as I will continue to add resources and sites as I come across them.  I have listed garden based curriculum, enviornmental/going green based curriculum and food/nutrition based curriculum.


Math is easily incorporated into garden learning. Planning for planting, fertilizing, mulching, and pest control all involve some math, yet it is often overlooked. This curriculum unit from NGA is just one way to get started.


Character Counts Week: October 16-22, 2011
Every year, the US President, US Senate, and officials around the world proclaim the third week in October as Character Counts! Week. Last year 8 million children in 54 countries participated. No matter what your political or religious affiliation, this event is about the universal values we share. Register here for free lesson plans, Red Ribbon Week tie-in activities, and much more.


 There are some sample lesson plans available on their website–this is a balanced curriculum that focuses on teaching students about where food comes from and how it is produced. It’s a great supplement for gardening educators. It is available in English and Spanish!

 Promoting education about agriculture and the environment

Project Food, Land and People – a national, nonprofit educational organization promoting learning to help people better understand the interrelationships among agriculture, the environment and people of the world.


Classroom Victory Garden Project
Created by the National World War II Museum. Among helpful features for teachers are: step-by-step guides for getting your garden started; interactive games; delicious recipes for after the harvest; and cross-curricular lessons that teach students not only about World War II and the role of victory gardens, but also about health, science, and citizenship. Also, teachers can get a free victory garden poster for their classroom!  Our Super Garden is the anchor book for Victory Garden’s children’s program!


 Welcome to the Teachers’ Corner.  Here you’ll find information to help you integrate garden-based learning into plans, as well as field trip ideas, student contests and scholarships, and awards that recognize your efforts



Sustainable Food Systems: Essential Outcomes and Teaching Ideas
A Cross-curricular Integration Framework for Grades PK-5

We’re pleased to announce a new food systems curriculum framework in the Curriculum and Resource Center

This document provides desired outcomes and teaching ideas for using sustainable food systems as a context for interdisciplinary instruction in grades PK-5.  Framework organization:

  • Sets of core concepts drive the document.  The concepts are presented in a sequence to support students’ gradual development of the learning outcomes.

 For each concept set, the framework articulates learning outcomes and other instructional drivers, including guiding questions, “Big Ideas” (knowledge outcomes), skills, and dispositions.

 To support these outcomes, the document provides assessable teaching ideas across the curriculum.

Educators can use this document to identify broad links to standards, insertion points for key concepts and outcomes, and opportunities for integrated instruction.

Members of the CRC community can log-in now to access this document.  Not yet a member?  Learn more and get free downloads.



WILD TV, a two-part program from the producers of the NATURE series on PBS, teaches families ways to access the natural world right in their backyards. The program uses popular music, lively graphics and real-life situations to show that nature is accessible to everyone, whatever the setting – urban, suburban or rural. The website includes video from the show, a list of online and print resources and a lesson plan appropriate for grades 6-8 that adheres to National Learning Standards. Learn more   

GEF Sustainability Education Clearinghouse

The Green Education Foundation, in partnership with the Center for Green Schools, provides an online clearinghouse of K-12 green-themed lesson plans and activities to share with educators around the world. The curricula cover a broad range of subject areas and are organized by grade level. Learn more  

 Schools Online

This website offers curricula and teaching ideas from educators at University of Illinois Extension. Students in grades K-6 can explore topics including weather, hydrology, food origins and the environment through interactive games and activities. A teacher’s guide accompanies each online exploration. The content on the website is also available for purchase on CD-ROM. Learn more 


New K-3 Lessons from Facing the Future

Eco-Schools USA partner Facing the Future recently released a new curriculum resource. Connecting Students to the World: Engaging K-3 Lessons for Literacy, Science, and Social Studies is research-based, teacher-tested, and aligned with language arts, science, social studies, and Common Core standards for all fifty states. It’s designed to integrate into core classroom teaching and to encourage hands-on exploration of global issues and sustainability for young learners.


Four Green Steps is designed to get students thinking about the environment,and of creative ways to take action. They have developed a curriculum comprised of assignments which explore sustainable habits while fostering worldwide interaction. This FREE program is offered to participating schools or students. Learn more and get the curriculum from their website:

Environmental Education Program for 4-6 Grades

Hewlett Packard and Scholastic offer free dynamic skill building materials to students in grades 4-6 that raise awareness of the impact of electronics on the environment. The innovative lessons introduce students to the concepts of product life-cycle, environmental issues, and the role that students can play in environmental responsibility. They focus on building skills in science, language arts, and math.

K-4 Lesson Plans by grade and by season; planting and harvesting guides;

International School Peace Gardens stresses conflict resolution, international understanding, and environmental protection. A Peace Garden is a symbol of hope for the future and a symbol of the school’s commitment to peace within ourselves and our school community, peace within the global family, and peace with nature.” Download their great teacher guides and resources:


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We are a group of teachers, administrators, parents and volunteers who are interested in youth gardening in and around Macomb County, Michigan. Local, state and national resources, grants and funding opportunities are shared on this site. Join us on-line to be emailed current information as the site is updated ~ but don't worry ~ we try to keep the emails to a minimum! Feel free to check back often to view updated information, or browse through the pages to look at past posts!
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