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Building School Gardens
Tips on starting a school garden from Openlands.

Chicago Botanic Garden: School Garden Wizard
School Garden Wizard has been created for America's K-12 school community through a partnership between the United States Botanic Garden and Chicago Botanic Garden.

Comenzando
Guía para crear jardines escolares como salón de clases al aire libre

Cornell Garden Based Learning: Sustaining a School Garden
There is more to sustaining your garden than keeping the plants alive.

Creating and Coordinating Youth Garden Space
A document to help you plan a school or youth garden

Creating and Sustaining School Gardens
One of the most comprehensive resources to support school gardens.

Creating Gardens with Youth
Steps for starting an educational garden

Four Seasons Gardening: Starting a Youth Garden
Tips on Starting a Youth Garden from Candice Miller, Extension Educator, Horticulture

Getting Started: A Guide to Starting a School Garden
The Life Lab Science Program distilled their years of world-wide school garden experience into a concise 50-page guide that asks and answers most questions you need to consider for creating an outdoor classroom garden.

Got Dirt? Garden Toolkit
Garden Toolkit is designed to provide simple, step-by-step plans for starting a garden.

NYGB: School Garden 101
Welcome to School Gardening 101, an online resource for educators planning teaching gardens at their schools. School gardens are a wonderful way to connect children to plants, gardening, food, nutrition, and the outdoors.

School Garden Assessment Form
This form allows School Garden Coordinators to evaluate their programs, to help focus and guide conversations with school wellness committees, and to reassess thriving garden programs or plan new programs altogether.

School Garden Inspiration and Ideas
Washington D.C. School Garden program offers some garden inspiration.

Seven Thoughts on Funding Your Garden Project
You don't have to have a lot of money to fund a garden project.

Starting a School Garden Program
Why plant a school garden? School gardens have entered the national spotlight as an effective way to promote life-long healthy eating habits and connect students to the natural world.

Why School Gardens?
Browse research and articles that demonstrate the value and purpose of school gardens.