Garden Classrooms

 Join Our Garden Classrooms Program

The Urban Roots Garden Classrooms program helps your school develop a sustainable garden that serves as an outdoor classroom for your students. Because we know that the best way to integrate the garden at your school is to involve your whole community, we'll help to build volunteer support and train teachers and volunteers to effectively use the garden. 

What is Part of Our Program?

Urban Roots Staff

Our Farm and School Garden Director and our School Garden Manager will be available to assist with your garden. Whether you're just getting started with a garden plan or you're ready to build new beds or have some problems area that need some expertise, we'll be there to help move your garden project forward. We will monitor compliance of your school garden with the Washoe County School District School Garden Handbook and coordinate with the district's Capital Project and Facility Management department.


Adopt a School Garden

We'll also work with your school to recruit and train a volunteer group to adopt your school garden. These dedicated folks will be in your garden on regular basis to help make sure weeds are under control, watering is being taken care of, and to assist with regular garden tasks.

Garden Support

Teacher Workshops

We offer seasonal training for your teachers that will explore lessons and garden tasks that can be done in the garden with your students. A .5 inservice credit may be available.



Weekly Lessons in your Garden

An Urban Roots Educator will be at your school one day every week to conduct standards-based lessons in the garden with your students. Our lessons will help your students build a sense of ownership of their space and make the most of this hands-on learning opportunity. 

Field Trips to our Farm

Urban Roots operates a teaching farm that's a perfect place to bring your students. We'll build on the concepts students are learning in their school garden or classroom.

Programming for Students

Not Ready to Join our Program? No Problem.

We understand that building a garden may not be in the books for your school right now, and that's OK! Your classroom can still incorporate the garden in many ways. Below are the programs we offer for both schools in our garden classrooms program and schools who are not.

An Urban Roots Educator will visit your school and lead standards-based lessons in your school garden or classroom. Topics include soil science, plant biology, and pollination. Fees apply.

Lessons in a School Garden or Classroom

Lessons in a School Garden or Classroom

Bring your students to our teaching farm for a two hour field trip to meet our chickens, investigate the compost, or get dirty in the garden. Dates are limited.

Field Trips to Our Urban Teaching Farm

Field Trips to Our Urban Teaching Farm

Field Trips to Our Urban Teaching Farm

We offer seasonal workshops. We dive deep into lessons you can use with your students and practice garden skills to help make your garden a success. A .5 inservice credit may be available. Space is limited. 

Interested in a teacher workshop at your school for your teachers? We are able to offer schools specialized trainings at your school for your teachers.

Teacher Workshops

Teacher Workshops

Support a School Garden

Supporting the Garden Classrooms Program in a school is a great way to get involved in our community. We are always looking for businesses or community groups to assist a school garden financially or through maintenance of the garden.