OAEC is a non-profit education center in Sonoma County that works to promote ecologically and culturally sustainable communities. Learn more.
School Garden Teacher Training & Support Program
Thank you to our 2013 participating schools!
The 2014 schedule and application will be posted in December. Please check back then if you wish to apply.
OAEC’s School Garden Teacher Training and Support Program at our 80-acre site in western Sonoma County has been instrumental in establishing curriculum-based school gardens and ecological literacy programs in over 225 schools, including 170 in the greater Bay Area.
Since 1997, OAEC has trained over 650 teachers, administrators and garden coordinators, with the resulting gardens serving approximately 75,000 students every year.
- Click HERE to learn about our participating schools
The core of OAEC’s Program is the 5-day residential summer training that supports school teams to create and sustain school garden based ecological literacy programs.
Through a combination of hands-on sessions and presentations of best practices by experts in the field, we teach participants the basics of organic gardening, permaculture, garden design, curricular integration, team building, community organizing, fundraising and more.
Take-away's from our training sessions:
By connecting to Common Core Standards, we support school teams in integrating the instructional school garden into multiple subject areas using place-based, experiential learning.
Participants gain experience in:
- pedagogical approaches to teaching outside
- ecological content to infuse into their curriculum
- organizing skills to support their classes & school community to learn through the living learnscape
Participants will be inspired to integrate the following content and place-based systems into their schools:
- Cooking from the garden
- Project-based learning
- Art in the garden
- Medicine in the garden: making salves, lotions, soaps, infusions & more
- Rainwater harvesting
- Food Justice
- Habitat gardens
"Yes, we can garden!"
What's included, and what can I expect from OAEC?
- Organic, homemade meals and lodging overlooking the OAEC gardens during the 5-day residential training
- Digital resources
- 18 months of follow up support by OAEC staff including site visits, consultations, and two one-day skills workshops at OAEC
- Academic Credits through Sonoma State University upon completion of the session
- Access to a supportive network of educators dedicated to school gardens
For a detailed description of our facilities, including information on what to bring, visit our Participant's Information page.
Who Can Apply?
Our residential trainings are offered to teams of teachers, garden coordinators, administrators and core parent volunteers who have a relationship with a specific school or school district. We believe that making change in communities is more effective when teams of committed individuals organize together in order to strategically make change in their communities at home. We do not accept applications from individuals.
How Do I Apply?
CLICK HERE to see an example of our School Garden Teacher Training Application. Check back in December for the 2014 application.
COST: Thanks to grant support we receive for the Program, the inclusive training fee is $700 per participant. This covers materials, instruction & staff costs, follow up support and training, and onsite accomodations during the training.
- The program is already deeply discounted, and we cannot offer additional scholarships.
- Full payment is due two weeks before the start of each session via check or credit card.
- OAEC will provide you with an invoice upon acceptance to the program.
- To view a sample schedule for a School Garden Teacher Training session, see the attachment at the bottom of this page.
- View directions to OAEC.
- Questions? Contact Vanessa Carter, School Garden Program Director at 707-874-1557, ext. 102 or email@example.com
A Handful of Seeds: Seed Saving and Seed Study for Educators by Tina Poles
This 91-page, illustrated guide includes lessons linked to California Educational Standards, practical information on seed saving in the school garden, and seed history & lore.
Click HERE to download the printable PDF (1.61MB).
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