Below you will find educational resources for K – 8 teachers who are integrating a garden into their school's curriculum. The lessons have been created to allow for student learning while in a garden setting. The calendar provides ideas for connecting student learning and community involvement while maintaining the garden. Lastly, the resources section provides wonderful literacy connections for you and your students regarding gardening. All documents are the property of The New York Botanical Garden, and may not be sold or reused without permission.
These lesson plans help educators teach many concepts while in a school garden setting. Subjects such as life and earth sciences, art, literacy, math, and social studies have been included. All lessons have been created to align with the New York City Science Scope and Sequence, as well as New York State Standards.
This calendar provides a monthly guide to managing and maintaining a school garden. It is divided into administrative, community-based, curriculum-based, and gardening tasks, in order to help insure sustainability of the garden.
Resources & Bibliography
This section contains a growing list of gardening books for children, as well as other great online gardening resources for teachers.
School Gardening Case Study
This 2012 case study, details the successes and challenges of a 4-year school gardening pilot program between The New York Botanical Garden and a local Bronx school. This document provides best practices for creating gardening partnerships and suggestions for sustaining school gardens.