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.
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.
Lessons in a School Garden or Classroom
Field Trips to Our Urban Teaching Farm
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.