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Thanks to funding through the Gray Family Fund, we are pleased to offer our first ever Central Oregon Grow Your School Garden Series.

The goal of the Grow Your School Garden Workshop Series is to strengthen and grow existing garden-based learning programs in Central Oregon through a 2 day educator workshop followed by 2 school garden tours and knowledge sharing sessions to kick off a local Garden Educator Network.

Our objectives are to:

  • TRAIN educators to align and integrate effective experiential, outdoor focused, place-based, and inquiry-based learning with their school garden or greenhouse that supports their educational objectives through a 2-day workshop.
  • DELIVER follow up support for local school garden educators through 2 follow up idea sharing sessions.
  • CATALYZE a regional Garden Educator Network.

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The Growing Classroom

Life Lab will deliver “The Growing Classroom: A Garden Based Learning Intensive” workshop for up to 25 people, which trains educators to use the garden to breathe life into standards based lessons, promote ecological literacy, encourage healthy eating and support students’ social development.  Using Life Labs Growing Classroom Curriculum, participants in this hands-on workshop will experience garden based lessons linked to Common Core Language Arts and Math and NGSS, practice gardening techniques, and develop garden management strategies. (The actual agenda for our site will be posted here once it’s finalized).

This 2 day weekend workshop is scheduled for October 22-23, 2016. Saturday will be 9-5, Sunday will be 9-3:30.

This training is available to formal and non-formal Pre K-12 educators in Central Oregon who currently work with students in a school or community garden or greenhouse, for a fee of $40 per participant to cover the cost of The Growing Classroom curriculum guide.

The 2 day workshop  will utilize the Kansas Avenue Learning Garden as an outdoor classroom, with the meeting room at The Environmental Center as our indoor home base.

In addition to the Life Lab workshop, we will also coordinate two, 2-hour follow up sessions at other local school garden locations in our region.  Educators will convene to report back on the action plan they developed at the end of their 2 day training. Time will be spent discussing local successes and challenges, touring new gardens, and making plans for garden programming.

Graduate credits available for an additional cost.


  • Great Harvest Bread Company will be donating some bread and pastries for morning snacking.
  • Strictly Organic will be donating coffee each morning to soften the blow of a weekend working.
  • Chipotle, a Slow Food partner and school garden supporter, will be donating Saturday’s burrito lunch and GROW activity booklets.
  • Boneyard Beer will be donating beer for a casual post training happy hour on Saturday.

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