School Garden Teacher Trainings & Support

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OAEC’s School Garden Teacher Trainings & Support Program supports your school team in creating and sustaining garden-based ecological literacy programs and helps you build a strong cohort of colleagues in the region.

2014 5-Day Training Dates

  • July 7-11, 2014 at OAEC

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Your team’s participation includes:

  • Spring 2014: Consultation with OAEC staff
  • Summer 2014: one 5-day residential training
  • Fall 2014: September 27th, Saturday workshop (at OAEC and/or participating school)
  • Spring 2015: April 11th, Saturday workshop (at OAEC and/or participating school)

School Garden Teacher Trainings & Support Description

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.

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
  • Vermiculture
  • Composting
  • Recycling
  • Nutrition
  • Project-based learning
  • Art in the garden
  • Medicine in the garden: making salves, lotions, soaps, infusions & more
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Food Justice
  • Habitat gardens

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?

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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 district. We believe that making change in communities is more effective when teams of committed individuals organize together strategically.

We do not accept applications from individuals, but one individual per team submits an application representing each member of your group.

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Thanks to grant support we receive, the inclusive training fee is $800 per participantThis covers materials, instruction & staff costs, follow-up support and training, and onsite accomodations (including homemade, organic and vegetarian meals) during the training. 

  • This year-long program is already deeply discounted, and we cannot offer additional scholarships.  Thank you for understanding the value of this opportunity.
  • A $200 deposit per team member is due upon acceptance to hold your team’s space.
  • Full payment is due by May 30th, 2014 via check or credit card. 
  • OAEC will provide you with an invoice upon acceptance to the program. 

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More Information:

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