We’re looking forward to another year of gardening, teaching and learning in Chicago. To help support teachers work with their Learning Gardens, we will be leading several garden workshops in the coming months. All workshops are from 4:30 – 6:30pm (unless otherwise noted), free of charge to Big Green network teachers, and CPDU and STEM credits are always available. See below for more information and links to register!
Worm Composting Workshop
January 24 – 25 from 4:30-6:30
Walk away from this workshop with everything you need to create nutrient-rich compost for your Learning Garden, right in your classroom. Your students will love their worms!
Garden Resources: Classroom worm composting kit (bin, bedding, and worms)
Classroom Resources: Decomposition, soil, and worms
Spring Garden Workshop
March 13-15 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Celebrate the advent of spring as we plan for a new growing season! Join us to learn how to organize your planting day, plant with students, and manage the care of your spring garden.
Garden Resources: Spring Garden Plan and planting resources
Classroom Resources: Germination and plant needs
- Tuesday, March 13: Ruggles Elementary, 7831 S Prairie Ave (South)
- Wednesday, March 14: Gregory Elementary, 3715 W Polk St (Central)
- Thursday, March 15: Clinton Elementary, 6110 N Fairfield Ave (North)
Summer Garden Workshop
May 22-24 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Wrap up the school year with a harvest celebration, then plant a summer garden with the goal of growing heat-loving summer crops or low-maintenance cover crops–whichever suits your school’s summer plans best! Join us to learn how and to get supplies.
Garden Resources: Summer Garden Plan, tasting resources, and warm-weather seedlings
Classroom Resources: Harvesting, seasonality, and plant parts
- Tuesday, May 22: Beard Elementary, 6445 W Strong St (North)
- Wednesday, May 23: Andrew Jackson Elementary, 1340 W Harrison St (Central)
- Thursday, May 24: Wendell Smith Elementary, 744 E 103rd St (South)
Back-to-School Workshop: August 15 – 17
Join us for our annual back-to-school workshop to learn how to harvest your summer crops and transition to a fall garden, swap ideas with colleagues about utilizing a mature garden as a tool for teaching, and build community over a catered lunch. Also pick up fall material resources: cool weather seedlings, seeds, and organic fertilizer.
August 15 (12-2pm.): Back-to-School Workshop at Gary Comer Youth Center
August 16 (12-2pm): Back-to-School Workshop at Courtenay Elementary
August 17 (12-2pm): Back-to-School Workshop at Cather Elementary
Office of Student Health & Wellness PD (Harvesting & Tracking): August 22
Join us to prepare a classroom snack from the garden and discuss four meaningful ways you can utilize the harvests from your school garden. We’ll share resources to help track your harvests, which can generate excitement and buy-in from the school community by showcasing the success and impact of your school garden!
August 22 (8am-3pm): Chicago High School for Agricultural Science (sign up on the Learning Hub by searching Course Code 37430)
Winter Learning Garden Workshop: October 18 – 19 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Wind down the growing season by learning how to harvest your fall garden, grow garlic, and plant cover crops to protect your soil throughout the winter. Your efforts this fall will ensure a healthy garden next spring!
Garden Resources: Winter Garden Plan, and garlic bulbs
Classroom Resources: Seed saving and harvesting