For educators interested in establishing a teaching garden at their school, the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) offers a wonderful online resource to help get started. School Gardening 101 is a free online teaching resource organized into six sessions. These sessions include short videos, lesson plans, exercises for teachers to learn the necessary background material, tip sheets, and other resources. Lesson plans are available for students from kindergarten to eighth grade, and lesson topics range from persuasive writing to plant biology to nutrition. The tip sheets cover a variety of logistical aspects, such as how to manage groups of children in a garden setting, best practices and troubleshooting tips for seed propagation, and how to prepare the garden for the winter. School Gardening 101 was created to complement the NYBG's six-day professional development institute for teachers. As the NYBG states, "School gardens are a wonderful way to connect children to plants, gardening, food, nutrition, and the outdoors," and School Gardening 101 helps provide educators new to gardening with the knowledge they'll need to inspire their students.
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