Youth Education

For over a decade, Denver Urban Gardens has worked in partnership with Denver Public Schools, Slow Food Denver and Learning Landscapes to establish gardens at schools. Of DUG’s 140 community gardens, 40 are located on the grounds of schools, with one to three new school gardens in various stages of planning each year. The expansion includes requests to accommodate the needs of older students in middle and high school. DUG is committed to supporting each community garden in ways appropriate to that garden’s particular needs, including developing a partnership between the school community and surrounding neighbors to strengthen garden sustainability.

We believe the lessons offered in a garden are life changing for children of all backgrounds, but in particular, those from disadvantaged neighborhoods. Through the wonders of a garden, students experience hands-on lessons in: biology and ecology, horticulture, wellness and nutrition, recycling, composting, and community building. In support of school gardens, DUG offers an integrated nutrition and gardening curriculum to school communities.

Denver Urban Gardens’ resources and programming in school garden and nutrition education include: