The School Garden Program at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (OAEC) is dedicated to cultivating ecological literacy among youth through garden-based transformation in the living learnscape. OAEC hosts hands-on, residential workshops for school teams over the summer through School Garden Teacher Trainings plus a year of follow up support.
- Participants learn how to incorporate rigorous, interdisciplinary, Common Core aligned curricula in the living learnscape, paired with the community organizing skills needed to support a thriving program at their schools.
- While increasing their confidence in gardening, participants appreciate the variety of content & experiences to explore with students. The training covers crop biodiversity, perennial food forests, habitat gardens, restoration, conservation hydrology, climate change, ecological justice, observation, design, event management, campaign organizing & movement integration.
- Teams are introduced to basic permaculture design principles in order to hold their long-term vision & near-term objectives while reimagining their schools and the potential of garden-based education.
- Participants enjoy the 80-acre setting of OAEC’s gardens, orchards, wildlands, pond, hot tub, campfires & delicious vegetarian meals. It’s a summer professional development retreat!
Would your school like to send a team July 7-11th, 2014?
Apply now online: http://www.oaec.org/school-garden
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