UC Santa Cruz, Life Lab- Santa Cruz, CA: Since 1979 Life Lab Science Program has supported science and garden-based education through publications, professional development, and innovative programs.
Ag in the Classroom: Grassroots: dedicated to helping students and teachers across our great state gain an understanding of how agriculture provides the daily essentials necessary to make our society and our world function.
FOSS Science Curriculum: FOSSWeb is the official site for the inquiry-based FOSS (FULL OPTION SCIENCE SYSTEM) science curriculum. FOSSWeb is a place for support, resources, and fun activities.
Education Outside advancing science in public schools outdoors. Seasonal lessons and best practices.
Go Glow Grow is a nutrition curriculum developed for preschool children. This curriculum was developed by UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program through the University of California’s Cooperative Extension program.
The California Department of Education A Garden in Every School Program: In collaboration with organizations and individuals throughout California, the Garden in Every School Program promotes linkages among the school classroom, school cafeteria, local agriculture, waste management, and others. They also provide free downloads of their book- A Child’s Garden of Standards: Linking School Gardens to California Educational Standards.
GARDEN AND NATURE CURRICULUM
Healthy Foods From Healthy Soils: A Hands-ON Resource For Teachers invites you and your students to discover where food comes from, how our bodies use food, and what happens to food waste. You’ll participate in the ecological cycle of food production > compost formation > recycling back to the soil, while helping children understand how their food choices affect not only their own health, but farmers, the environment, and your local communityElizabeth Patten and Kathy Lyons
Math in the Garden-This engaging curriculum uses a mathematical lens to take children on an education-filled exploration of the garden. Dozens of hands-on activities hone math skills and promote inquiry, language arts, and nutrition.kidsgardening.org
Botany on Your Plate-Invertigating the Foods We Eat his investigative science curriculum introduces the world of plants through foods we eat. Children explore edible roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds through observation, dissection, journaling, discussion of findings, and, of course, tasting!
The Growing Classroom This foundational year-round gardening curriculum is a teacher and NGA staff favorite! Developed by the Life Lab Science Program and revised to meet current science standards, this renowned teacher’s manual features strategies for managing garden-based science instruction — including planning a garden laboratory, facilitating investigative lessons on ecology and nutrition, and involving the community.
NO Student Left Indoors Nature is not a destination, it is everywhere — including right in your own schoolyard! This essential educator’s guide helps students discover, observe, and record nature in their urban, suburban, or rural schoolyard. A wonderful multidisciplinary hands-on project that teaches children to learn to appreciate nature…and find it in the most unexpected places.
Access Nature This inclusive outdoor education curriculum focuses on habitats. Each of the 45 hands-on activities contains specific adaptations for participants with disabilities (hearing, learning/cognitive, motor, and visual).
Students will develop skills in environmental and biological sciences, observation and data collection, planning, organizing, decision making, environmental stewardship, language arts, creative arts, and leadership. From the National Wildlife Federation
Opening the World Through Nature Journaling by John Muir Laws. A free download that includes great kid tested sketching activities, poetry writing, and more detailed tips on drawing in nature (you will love the material on drawing plants). This is a great resource for teachers, outdoor leaders, and home school parents.
Weslandia by Paul Fleishman.
Oddhopper Opera: A Bug’s Garden of Verses by Kurt Cyrus.
Some Smug Slug by Pamela Duncan Edwards.
A Seed is a Suitcase for Seeds by Jean Richards.
A Seed is Sleepy Diana Hutts Aston.
Seedfolks by Paul Fleishman.
The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller.
What’s This by Caroline Mackford.
Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg.
Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes by Demian Elaine Yumei
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer
The Snail’s Spell by Joanne Ryder
Two Old Potatoes by John Coy
The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons.
Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens.
Salad People by Mollie Katzen.
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman.
Wonderful Worms by Linda Glaser.
Inch by Inch by Lio Lionni.
Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington.
Howie’s Hungabird Dilemma by Sandy Baker
Color My Garden/Colorea Mi Jardin by Sandy Baker
The Dead Butterflies Diary by Sandy Baker
Zack’s Zany Zucchiniland by Sandy Baker
Mrs. Feeny and the Grubby Garden Gang by Sandy Baker
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