Van Dusen – The Garden Classroom Series

Hello classroom gardeners! Thank you for joining us as we kick off another year of garden learning together. You’ll receive a reminder (and a session link) each month from Van Dusen, so watch for that to access the series going forward.

Session One: September 8, 2022

Big thanks to everyone who joined us on the first week back at school! If you couldn’t join us live, you can watch the recording here. You’ll need the password provided in your email from Van Dusen. During our September session, several resources and links were mentioned. You will find them listed below:

Blog posts you may find helpful:

Transition to teaching outdoors

Teaching prep outdoors

What to wear teaching outdoors

School garden weed resources

Playful learning with Dandelions

Playful Literacy Outdoors

Water Cycle Inquiry in the Garden

Resources from our first session:

C2C Fall Conference in Revelstoke- Register Here!

Invasive species council of BC

Westcoast seeds donation request link

Environmental Educators Provincial Specialist Association (EEPSA)

Outdoor Learning Store (purchase field guides and kits for looking closely in the garden here)

Grants for School Gardens

Our next session is scheduled for October 6 with Juliet Robertson! Everyone who attends live will be entered in the draw for a $25 gift card from the Outdoor Learning Store.

Session Two: October 6, 2022

Thanks to everyone who joined us live! If you couldn’t join us, you can watch a recording of our session and the recording of my conversation with Juliet Robertson here.  You will need the password provided in your email from Van Dusen to access.

Blog posts you may find helpful:

School garden soil resources

Fall gardening tasks with kids

How to plant and grow garlic with kids

How to plant and grow broad (Fava) beans

Great anchor texts for seasonal change

Nature inspired anchor texts for fall

Pumpkin inspired STEAM activities

Ten great pumpkin life cycle anchor texts (with decomposition inquiry)

How to grow pumpkins with kids

Halloween pumpkin math

BC school garden grants

Tomatosphere project (links to order seeds)

Resources from our second session:

Juliet Robertson’s website

Juliet’s Math Journalling Document (Shared with permission)


Juliet’s Outdoor Math Teaching Framework (Shared with permission)


Gillian Judson’s Walking Curriculum

Healing City Soils

Soil Kit available from The Outdoor Learning Store

Soil Inquiry Kit

Session Three: November 3, 2022

What a fantastic evening with our colleague Laura! If you missed the live presentation where Laura shared the story of building their school garden in Rossland, you can watch the recording here. You will need the password provided in your email from Van Dusen to access.

Resources shared you may find helpful include:

Remembrance Day in the garden blog post

School garden grant opportunities blog post

Andy Goldsworthy nature art

Robin Wall Kimmerer’s website

Mushrooms of BC website

Link to the Classrooms to Communities website– get on the mailing list for information on next year’s conference!

Link to Purchase Heart of a River- the story of the Columbia River

Thanks for joining us this month! We look forward to hosting Dr. Leyton Schnellert on December 1. See you soon!

Session Four: December 1, 2022

We’ve made it to December and what a session this was! Huge thank you to Dr. Leyton Schnellert from UBC and Kimberly, BC grade 4/5 teacher Laurie Neeve for sharing their wisdom and expertise on place conscious learning in our school gardens. If you were unable to join us, you can watch the recording here. You’ll need the password provided in your email from Van Dusen gardens.

Resources shared you might find helpful:

Learning in Places Power & Historicity Framework

Upstanders: How to Engage Middle Schoolers Hearts and Minds with Inquiry

Walking Field Trip blog post

Clipboards for garden learning

Invasive Species Council of BC

How to Teach Nature Journaling- free download

David Sobel Sky Above and Mud Below book and free webinar

A quick scheduling update! Our January session will be with my teaching partner Sarah Regan who will share her core routines and how she engages with curricular assessment in the school garden. This session was originally scheduled for Thursday, January 5. This date happens to be my eldest son’s 18th birthday, and I am unable to host our learning that night. Thankfully, our hosts at Van Dusen, and our guest speaker, Sarah are able to reschedule to Wednesday, January 4th. I apologize for the last minute change in schedule and hope you will join us. As always, the recording will be available for you to watch if you can not attend in person. I wish you a restful and joyful holiday season. See you next year! Megan.

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