Teaching Resources


Teaching Res-Sara Lubbers PlantingCommunity Groundworks
This local nonprofit has gardening curricula that has been written in cooperation with the DPI.

Environmental Education in Wisconsin
This is a catchall website for anything to do with this topic in our state.

UW Arboretum’s Earth Partnership for Schools
The Earth Partnership for Schools (EPS) staff have developed a wide range of restoration activities and other resources for use in the classroom and on school sites already tied to Wisconsin curricula.

California School Garden Network
Many of the best practices for gardening education originated in California. This is a great website with many resources and idea for teaching hands on gardening principles/concepts to children.

This non-profit offers lesson plans, recommended reading, and online links specifically for teachers in five main cateogories.

Eek! Teacher Pages
These pages are designed to help you help your students use the EEK! – Environmental Education for Kids! Web site. EEK! is an electronic magazine for kids in grades 4-8 and is brought to you by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

UW Geology Museum
Together, teachers and museum staff assembled lesson plans on various geology and paleontology topics, all available for free download. Other teacher resources from the UW Geology Museum are available here.

REAP Lessons for the Classroom
REAP (Research, Education, Action and Policy) Food Group is a non-profit based in Madison, Wis., that aims to build a regional food system that is healthful, just, and both environmentally and economically sustainable.

Direct links to great lesson plans that can be downloaded for free.

Project Wild
Project Wild is a nationwide program that assists PreK-12 educators in teaching about wildlife and their habitat. The materials are available through Project Wild workshops led by certified instructors. More than 165 hands-on activities provide interactive learning for youth groups, home schools, camps and nature centers.

Life Lab
This a nonprofit organization that has emerged as a national leader in the garden-based learning movement. This website provides educators with links to articles, curriculum and resources that are evidence based, as well as connected to state and national science standards.

Project Learning Tree
This program of the American Forest Foundation uses the forest as a window on the world and provides educators with peer-reviewed, award-winning environmental education curriculum resources that can be integrated into lesson plans for all grades and subject areas.

Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB)
This board is recognized as a consensus-building group on environmental education issues.

National Food Day
This website promotes the National Food Day. Under the resources section there is access to a classroom curriculum entitled “Helping Youth Eat Real.”

Center of Ecoliteracy
This organization and website is dedicated to helping provide educators and parents with resources to help pave the way for healthy environments to learn and grow in.

Tons of practical activities and resources.

Gardening Launch Pad
Provides links to a multitude of resources for gardens.

The Weather Channel for Kids
TWC says with the “standards-based lesson plans accessible in this section, your students’ exploration of weather and climate takes on added significance because you’re able to address many of your instructional objectives.”

Nature Explore
This collaborative project of the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation says its goal is “to support your important efforts to connect children with nature.”

Children & Nature Network
Download their Natural Teachers eGuide.

Wisconsin Outdoor Education Expo


Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children by Sharon Lovejoy (May 1, 1999). This is a “must have” for anyone starting a garden/outdoor education program with children.

Sharing Nature with Children, 20th Anniversary Edition by Joseph Bharat Cornell (1998)

The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms by Clare Walker Leslie (2010)

In the Three Sisters Garden: Native American stories and seasonal activities for the curious child by JoAnne Dennee and Carolyn Peduzzi (1995)

Gardening with Children (BBG Guides for a Greener Planet) by Monika Hanneman, Patricia Hulse, Brian Johnson and Barbara Kurland (2011)

Gardening with Children by Beth Richardson Cpn and Lynn Karlin (1998)

How to Grow a School Garden: A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers by Arden Bucklin-Sporer and Rachel Pringle (2010)

Gardening Projects for Kids: Fantastic ideas for making things, growing plants and flowers, and attracting wildlife to the garden, with 60 practical projects and 500 photographs by Jenny Hendy (2012). Also a “must have” for anyone involved with garden education.

Gardening Wizardry for Kids by L. Patricia Kite and Yvette Santiago Banek (1995)

Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman and Judy Pedersen (2004)

Plants for Play: A Plant Selection Guide for Children’s Outdoor Environments by Robin C. Moore (1993)

An Earthworm’s Life (Nature Upclose) by John Himmelman (2001)

Earl The Earthworm Digs for His Life by Tim Magner (2009)

Learning Gardens and Sustainability Education: Bringing Life to Schools and Schools to Life by Dilafruz Williams and Jonathan Brown (2011)

Do you have resources to add to this list? Let us know!

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