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 the link each month from Van Dusen, so watch for that for continued access to the series going forward.

Session Three: November 4, 2021

During out November session we dug into the joys of rain and mud play in the garden! Resources that may be helpful are listed below:

Blog posts you may find helpful:

Best book about rain

Water cycle inquiry

Rainy day play ideas

How to build a mud kitchen

Risky play in the fog

Flanders field poppies for Remembrance Day

Resources shared at this session:

Learning in places website

Westcoast seeds poppy seeds

Waterproof gloves by Vessi

Recording for this session is available here until November 11, 2021. There is a password to access the recording. Please check your email from Van Dusen for the password.

Session Two: October 14, 2021

During our October session, several resources and links were mentioned. You will find them listed below:

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

How to grow pumpkins with kids

Halloween pumpkin math

BC school garden grants

Tomatosphere project (links to order seeds)

Resources from our second session:

School garden start up podcast with Nurturing Nature Connections

Article you can distribute to school and district leaders that shares six ways to support outdoor play & learning in our elementary schools.

Bulbs 4 Kids (sign up to be notified when kits are available again)

Healing City Soils

Emma Holmes work bio

Emma Holmes LInkedIn

Dr. Miranda Hart’s website (mentioned by Emma)

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Overstory by Richard Powers

Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard

Biggest Little Farm (also available on Netflix)

The recording for this session is available here. It will be accessible for viewing until October 21, 2021

More Resources and Ideas!

Don’t forget to join me on Pinterest for more ideas and resources that support your school garden and outdoor classroom.

Session One: September 23, 2021

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

How to build a tippy tap

How to plant broad beans

How to plant garlic

School garden weed resources

How to grow a dinosaur garden

Resources from our first session:

Lori Snyder’s website

Invasive species council of BC

Westcoast seeds donation request link

Environmental Educators Provincial Specialist Association (EEPSA)

The recording for this session is no longer available. It was available until September 30, 2021.

More Resources and Ideas!

Don’t forget to join me on Pinterest for more ideas and resources that support your school garden and outdoor classroom.

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