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Summer Institute for Garden-Based Teaching


Join us for the Summer Institute for Garden-based Teaching

Are you a pre-K through 5 classroom teacher in a District of Columbia Public School or public charter school? Are you interested in incorporating your school's existing school garden into your curriculum more regularly? Do you want to learn more about garden-based teaching and garden care so you can take an active role in supporting your school garden? Then join Washington Youth Garden and The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) this July at The US National Arboretum for our 2nd annual Summer Institute.  

Summer Institute Overview

Who:  Pre-K through 5 grade teachers from District of Columbia Public Schools or public charter schools with an existing school garden program*

*Schools must be in compliance with the Healthy Schools Act. If you are unsure if your school meets this requirement, please contact Sam Ullery,

What: Multi-day teacher training, focused on supporting classroom teachers in facilitating hands-on and standards-aligned lessons in the school garden

Where: United States National Arboretum, Washington Youth Garden

When: July 15th-19th

Why Should I Attend?

You should attend this training if you are interested in…

●      Increasing the amount of time you are teaching standards-based hands-on lessons in your school garden

●      Increasing student engagement by providing hands-on learning experiences for your students

●      Learning how to incorporate the garden into standards-based lessons during every season

●      Demonstrating tried and true techniques for outdoor classroom management

●      Practicing low-maintenance gardening methods

In addition, participants in the 5-day training will receive:

●      Garden-based, standards-based curriculum

●      Funds to support the purchase of materials for garden-based education

●      Professional Learning Units or a stipend

●      A network of support consisting of garden staff and fellow teachers

How to apply:

  1. Request a letter of support from your administrator, and find another teacher from your school to apply! Priority will be given to teachers with strong support from an administrator, and those who apply with at least one other teacher from their school- both are necessary supports.

  2. Fill out the Summer Institute Application by April 18. Upload a letter of support from your principal in the application. Teachers will be notified of their acceptance on May 1.