Helping Kids Get Healthy
A Workshop Series for Youth Educators
These unique workshops are designed for teachers and volunteers who work in youth education programs that focus on nutrition and gardening. Join DUG’s Education Team to learn different ways to use your school garden and how to teach hands-on lessons in gardening and nutrition. Workshops are offered seasonally, and each workshop highlights unique, seasonally-appropriate lessons from DUG’s School Garden and Nutrition Curriculum. Each workshop includes a garden-related lesson, a nutrition lesson and a snack component.
Registration is open about one month prior to each workshop date.
- Seed Starting in the Classroom & Easy Ways to 5-A-Day
Thursday, January 23, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Learn how to build and use grow-labs to start seedlings with youth. Help students discover new ways to add fruits and vegetables to the meals they are already accustomed to eating.
- Starting, Growing and Maintaining Learning Opportunities in the Garden & Grocery Bag Botany
Thursday, March 6, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Learn from the expertise of others in this workshop. Hear from parents, teachers and volunteers about the garden learning opportunities and programs that they have developed and how they are making it happen. Get students thinking about what makes up our food by learning about plant parts that we eat.
- Plot Planning, Spring Planting & How Much?
Thursday, May 1, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Prepare for the upcoming gardening season by learning the basics of plot planning and spring planting for school gardens. Investigate serving sizes in this nutrition activity and how they impact nutrition information and physical activity.
- Extended Summer Workshop: Basic Organic Gardening for Youth Educators
Wednesday, July 9, 8:30am - 2:00pm
Get your hands dirty in this half-day horticulture workshop for youth educators! We will split our time between the classroom and garden as we explore a foundation of growing practices that will help to build confidence and skills in educators.
- Connecting the Garden to Literacy & Exploring Recipes
Thursday, August 14, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Explore ways to utilize the garden as an engaging subject to enhance literacy education. Collect some of our most popular garden recipes, while reviewing best practices for food safety in the garden.
- Worm Composting in the Classroom & Nutrition Detectives
Thursday, November 6, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Learn how to build a worm compost bin that can be kept in the classroom throughout the winter. Students will learn concepts related to life cycles and decomposition, and can use their compost in the garden in the springtime. Help students put on their detective hats by learning how to read nutrition labels and recognize healthy food options.