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Educational Programs, Curriculum Guides & Children's Gardening Activities

This list was compiled with the assistance of the American Horticultural Society (Melanie Bonacorsa) and the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

Organization Contact Info Description
Agriculture in the Classroom Greg Smith, Acting National Program Leader
USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Stop 2251
Washington, DC 20250-2251
Phone: (202) 720-2067
The Teacher Center has information and resources that you can use in your classroom.
AIMS Education Foundation P.O. Box 8120
Fresno, CA 93747
Toll-free: (888) 733-2467
Activities Integrating Math and Science
American Forests: Resources for Kids American Forests
PO BOX 2000
Washington, DC 20013
Phone: (202) 737-1944
E-mail: info@amfor.org
Interactive site that uses cartoon characters to focus on trees for kids pre-K through 6th grade with lesson plans for teachers and conservation activities for families.
American Horticultural Society 7931 E Boulevard Dr.
Alexandria, VA 22308
Toll-free: (800) 777-7931
Fax: (703) 768-8700
The AHS created the Children & Youth Garden Symposium to reconnect children with nature.
Audubon Adventures Contact Bonnie Godfrey
Help desk at the Sharon Audubon Center
Sharon, Conn.
(800) 813-5037
education@audubon.org
Award-winning environmental education program about the natural world and how to protect it. Classroom edition for grades 3-5
Composting for Kids Travis County AgriLife Extension
1600B Smith Rd
Austin, Texas 78721
Phone: (512) 854-9600
A scripted slide set written and produced by Robert E. (Skip) Richter
The Edible Schoolyard The Edible Schoolyard
Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School
1781 Rose Street
Berkeley, CA 94703
Phone: (510) 558-1335
E-mail: info@edibleschoolyard.org
A program of the Chez Panisse Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by chef and author Alice Waters.
Environmental Education in Georgia EEinGeorgia.org Coordinator Kim Bailey
E-mail: kim@eeingeorgia.org
Phone: (404) 362-2788
Environmental education lesson plans and activities
Fast Plants® Wisconsin Fast Plants® Program
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Science House - 1630 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
info@fastplants.org
Join thousands of teachers worldwide who use Fast Plants® to bring science alive in their classrooms.
Florida 4-H
Project Materials: Gardening and Plant Sciences
Florida 4-H Youth Development
3103 McCarty Hall B
PO Box 110225
Gainesville, FL 32611-0225
(352) 846-0996
fourh@ifas.ufl.edu
List and detailed description of available activity guides and curricula
Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. Lisa Gaskalla, Executive Director
Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc.
Bldg 440, Mowry Rd
PO Box 110015
Gainesville, FL 32611-0015
Curricula, materials, and grants to educate students about the importance of agriculture.
Project WILD Florida--Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Project WILD
Division of Habitat & Species Conservation
Exotic Species Section
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600
FLProjectWILD@MyFWC.com
Creative ways to teach science, math or language arts; connect your students with nature; or learn new outdoor skills
Florida Project Learning Tree Nancy Peterson, Florida PLT Coordinator
School of Forest Resources and Conservation
University of Florida/IFAS
P.O. Box 110410
Gainesville, FL 32611-0831
Phone: (352) 846-0848
E-mail: njp@ufl.edu
Uses trees and forests as the context to help young people gain an awareness and knowledge of natural and built environments.
Green Teacher Magazine Green Teacher
PO Box 452
Niagara Falls, NY 14304-0452
info@greenteacher.com
Resources to help educators to promote global and environmental awareness among young people.
Journey North Journey North
1321 Bragg Hill Road
Norwich, Vermont 05055
(802) 425-2252
Journey North engages K-12 students in an online global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change.
Junior Master Gardener Program National JMG Program Office
225 Horticulture/Forestry Bldg.
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-2134
Phone: (979) 845-8565
Igniting a passion for learning, success and service through a unique gardening education
KidsGardening! National Gardening Association
1100 Dorset Street
South Burlington, VT 05403
Toll-free: (800) 538-7476 (800-LETSGRO)
Fax: (802) 864-6889
Grants, curricula, and resources for youth gardens
Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center If you have any questions about
teacher training or curriculum,
please contact Stephen Brueggerhoff
at (512) 232-0112
Instructor resources, general in nature. They can be used to prepare or teach in a variety of settings.
LaMotte Chemical Products Company P.O. Box 329
Chestertown, MD 21620
(800) 344-3100
Curriculum kits on elementary and middle-school environmental science education
League of Environmental Educators in Florida The League of Environmental Educators in Florida
LEEF
P.O. Box 540605
Lake Worth, FL 33454-0605
leeflet@comcast.net
Promotes environmental education in Florida at all levels and through a variety of methods and resources
Learning Through Landscapes 3rd Floor, Southside Offices
The Law Courts
Winchester S023 9DL
United Kingdom
Books, toolkits, and DVDs that will help improve the outdoor provision in your school or early years setting.
Life Lab Science Program 1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Phone: (831) 459-2001
lifelab@lifelab.org
Nonprofit with programs and curricula to help schools develop gardens where children can create "living laboratories."
Michigan 4-H:
Plants, Soils & Gardening
Extension Specialist
Department of Horticulture
Michigan State University
414 Plant and Soil Sciences Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1325
(517) 355-5191, Ext. 1404
Learning materials on herb, flower, and vegetable gardening
National 4-H Gardening Curriculum National 4-H Council
7100 Connecticut Ave.
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-4999
(301) 961-2934
4HStuff@fourhcouncil.edu
Order gardening curricula
Nature Explore
Arbor Day Foundation
For information on Classroom Certification,
or for ordering and customer service,
email service@natureexplore.org
Or call (888) 908-8733.
The Nature Explore Program provides research-based workshops, design consultations and hands-on, field-tested resources to schools.
National Junior Horticulture Association 15 Railroad Ave.
Homer City, PA 15748
Web site: http://www.njha.org
National Environmental Education Week: School Garden Curricula National Environmental Education Foundation
4301 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 160
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: (202) 833-2933
Fax: (202) 261-6464
The curricula listed on this webpage have been selected in light of their adherence to state, national, and/or NAAEE educational standards and are thus suitable for classroom use
National Science Resources Center 901 D Street SW, Suite 704B
Washington, DC 20024
Contact for curriculum; reading resources; communications and media: Dr. Thomas A. Emrick, Deputy Director-Publisher
National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education Bora Simmons
National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education
2635 Lincoln St.
Eugene, OR 97405
From the North American Association for Environmental Education, a series of guidelines that set the standards for high-quality environmental education.
School Garden Wizard Eliza Fournier
Manager of School and Community Gardening
E-mail: schoolgardenwizard@chicagobotanic.org
For America's K-12 school community through a partnership between the United States Botanic Garden and Chicago Botanic Garden
School Yard Habitats® National Wildlife Federation
11100 Wildlife Center Dr
Reston VA 20190
Assists schools in developing outdoor classrooms where educators and students learn how to attract and support local wildlife.
Seeds for Education Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes
PO Box 1274
Appleton, WI 54912
Web resources for school natural areas
TOPS Learning Systems 10970 S Mulin Rd.
Canby, OR 97013
E-mail: rmarson@topscience.org
Phone: (503) 263-2040
Hands-on projects that use everyday items in math and science experiments.
Trees for Life Trees for Life International
3006 W. Saint Louis St.
Wichita, KS 67203-5129
Phone: (316) 945-6929
E-mail: email@treesforlife.org
Treetures® Environmental Education Program The Treetures® Environmental Educational Program
4 Hamilton Rd.
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Phone: (800) 863-7175
Introducing children 3-10 to the function, benefits, and importance of trees
TWIGS Gardening & Nutrition Curriculum Marilyn J. Johns
University of California Cooperative Extension
80 Stone Pine Road, Suite 100
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: (650) 726-9059
E-mail: mjjohns@ucdavis.edu
Helps children learn about healthy food choices through a connection to gardening
Wisconsin Fast Plants® Wisconsin Fast Plants® Program
University of Wisconsin–Madison Science House
1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
info@fastplants.org
Plants have a super-fast life cycle and come in complete materials kits.
Young Naturalist Young Naturalist Company
717 42nd Street
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
Phone: (515) 745-4942
E-mail: mcoady@youngnaturalistcompany.com
Kits consist of lesson plans, activities and natural plant material that has been dried and packaged for student use.

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