Center for Garden-Based Education at AGRIscapes
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INTRODUCTION


In 1999 the State Department of Education designated Cal Poly Pomona as one of three Regional Support Centers to implement the call for 'A Garden in Every School' made by Delain Eastin, former Superintendent of Instruction.

Our purpose is to:

  • support schools and teachers in their efforts to incorporate garden-based themes into their classrooms and curricula
  • encourage research and scholarship on the topic of garden-based learning
  • partner with other organization having similar goals to enhance the education and nutrition of children through gardens and the environment

The Center is located at AGRIscapes, a 40 acre demonstration and education facility to educate the public about food, agriculture and the urban environment. Opened in Fall of 2001, AGRIscapes houses the Center's offices, a Resource Center, a Visitor Center, classrooms, horticulture nursery and Farm Store.



PROGRAMS AND SERVICES


An annual conference is held on School Gardens offering information and hands-on activities covering such topics as integrating gardens across the curriculum; improving children's nutrition through garden-based activities; and practical tips on garden management. Exhibitors offer curricular materials and supplies for teachers on garden-based themes.

Classroom firld trips are offered for K - 12 students on themes relating to the garden and nutrition.

A newsletter is distributed to communicate the latest information about activities sponsored by the Center as well as other opportunities for teachers.Professional development opportunities for teachers including workshops on a range of topics are offered throguhout the year. Topics include irrigation basics, children's nutrition, art in the garden, garden recyling, and safe handling of garden produce in the classroom.

A quarterly newsletter is distributed to communicate the latest information about activities sponsored by the Center as well as other opportunities for teachers.

Professional development opportunities for teachers including workshops on a range of topics are offered throguhout the year. Topics include irrigation basics, children's nutrition, art in the garden, garden recyling, and safe handling of garden produce in the classroom.

A Resource Guide is being compliled which will provide information on resources, programs, and expertise available in our region to assist teachers with initiation and maintenance of school gardens.

 
 

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Please send any comments to: gardened@csupomona.edu

December 3, 2003