Youth Gardens

Youth and school gardens in the U.S. and Canada.

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Welcome to Ithaca Children’s Garden

ITHACA, NEW YORK The mission of the Ithaca Children’s Garden is to inspire, promote, and sustain youth and community stewardship of the natural environment through garden-based learning and discovery.

School Native-Plant Garden

INDIANAPOLIS, IN About the native-plant garden at Cold Spring Environmental Magnet School.  With Wendy Ford.  Produced by The Nature Conservancy. Get Wild, Go Native! Native gardening is good for our air, our water and us. Join our “Go Native” group to learn about all of the ways you can “Get Wild” in your life! Sign …Read more »

Michigan’s 4-H Children’s Garden

EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN The Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden attracts more than 150,000 visitors a year from all over the world. Located on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing, Michigan, the garden offers fun and educational opportunities for children and adults alike.

A School Community Garden

SAN DIEGO, CA: From San Diego’s gardening TV show “A Growing Passion.” Garden expert Nan Sterman takes us to a garden grown and tended by elementary school students. They’re not just growing vegetables, they’re growing community!

San Antonio Children’s Garden

SAN ANTONIO, TX Script: The San Antonio Botanical Gardens is known for showing of exotic plant life — like orchids and colorful roses. But in rear of the Botanical center more mundane plants are grown — back at the Children’s Vegetable Garden. Every Saturday morning children like nine-year old Ben Wenzel show up with their parents …Read more »

Starting a School Garden

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND: Chrissa Carlson, the Garden and Nutrition Educator at Baltimore’s Hampstead Hill Academy, shows us the steps needed to start a school garden. In Part 1 of this 2-part series, Chrissa shares her school garden knowledge and experience with UME’s Jon Traunfeld. Stay tuned for Part 2 that will cover “Components of a Successful …Read more »

Morton Arboretum Children’s Garden

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS Mike Nowak’s “Dig in Chicago” takes us to the Morton Arboretum Children’s Garden.

Garden-Based Learning at Walter Bracken STEAM Academy

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA Video about the Walter Bracken STEAM Academy.  Published on Feb 18, 2016: “From fairy gardens to garden towers, Walter Bracken STEAM Academy transformed its school grounds into a student-centered, garden-learning wonderland.”

Children’s Garden in Iowa City

IOWA CITY, IOWA Published May 17, 2013. The City Plaza Children’s Garden was planted on June 8, 2013, as part of the Iowa City Public Library’s Children’s Day events. This downtown garden is the result of collaboration between New Pioneer Co-op and the city of Iowa City. Scott Koepke, the education and outreach coordinator for …Read more »

Meet the Woman behind Seattle Youth Garden Works

SEATTLE, WA Seattle Tilth is very proud to be home to Seattle Youth Garden Works, an urban farm training program for underserved young people. Many of these youth are unstably housed or homeless, navigating the juvenile justice system, or facing other incredible challenges. This is their chance to start anew. Watch Suez share her powerful …Read more »

Ketcham Elementary’s Big Dig

WASHINGTON, D.C. The “Big Dig” at Ketcham Elementary School in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The national nonprofit REAL School Gardens works with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Hilton Worldwide , D.C. United MAXIMUS Foundation, and American Association of Medical Colleges to build a new learning garden.

Ponca City YMCA Youth Garden

PONCA CITY, OK From Oklahoma State’s “Oklahoma Gardening.” Published 9/26/15. Assistant Extension Specialist Shelly Mitchell travels to Ponca City to see the Ponca City YMCA Youth Garden, a winner in the 2015 Viewers’ Garden Contest. Visit Oklahoma State’s website and Youtube channel for more info.