Helping Kids Get Healthy

A Workshop Series for Youth Educators

The Helping Kids Get Healthy educator workshop series is designed for classroom teachers, as well as volunteers, who support and facilitate youth education that has a garden component. The workshops will introduce educators to the Healthy Bodies, Healthy Gardens curriculum, which will be modeled throughout the series. During each workshop, the DUG education team will discuss how the school garden can be used as an educational tool to teach the 2020 Colorado Academic Standards. A portion of each workshop will cover best practices for outdoor classroom management. Attendees will learn how the garden is an extension of the classroom that can be used to encourage students to explore, ask questions and connect to the natural world around them.

  • These workshops are for teachers, program managers and volunteers who support and facilitate youth education programs with a nutrition and/or garden component. Individuals who want to get more involved in teaching youth are also welcome to participate.
  • Are you an employee of Denver Public Schools or Jefferson County Public Schools? If so, you can earn professional development credit for participating in a HKGH workshop! Please contact Mikhaela at mikhaela@dug.org to learn more about this opportunity.
  • We are excited to announce that educators can earn 1 credit hour through the Colorado School of Mines Teacher Enhancement program for attending all HKGH workshops, as well as a Garden to Cafeteria and Youth Farm Stand training. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Mikhaela at mikhaela@dug.org.

2019 Workshops

  • Register for all workshops at a discounted price of $125.
  • Attendees can earn 1 semester credit hour through the Colorado School of Mines for an additional $55.
  • Attendees will take home a variety of resources, including garden-related books and curriculum.
  • A light lunch is provided at all workshops.
  • Hands-on, outdoor garden activities are a part of every workshop – come dressed for the weather and be ready to get dirty and have fun!
  • All workshops are held at the DUG office, located at 1031 33rd Street, Denver, CO 80205.
  • Scholarships are available; please contact Mikhaela Mullins at mikhaela@dug.org to inquire.
register for all workshops

Sowing the Seeds of Knowledge

Join the DUG education team to learn best practices for outdoor classroom management; discuss ways to set up a garden space to facilitate student-led inquiry investigations in the garden; and we’ll guide you through the seed starting process in the classroom.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

10:00am – 1:30pm

$45

Growing Learning Opportunities in the Garden

Although the school year is coming to a close, there is still plenty to do in the school garden. Join the DUG education team as we learn how the school garden is a living laboratory that brings STEAM standards to life! We’ll also overview summer garden maintenance to set your school garden up for a successful fall harvest with students.

Saturday, May 11, 2019
10:00am – 1:30pm
$45

The School Garden Classroom

Welcome back to school! Join the DUG education team to learn about the power and purpose of garden and place-based education; how to develop a vision and plan for your school garden; and how to identify synergies between the school year and garden season. We will also introduce the Healthy Bodies, Healthy Gardens curriculum, which will be modeled throughout the HKGH workshop series, and discuss how the school garden can be used to teach the 2020 Colorado Academic Standards.

Saturday, September 28, 2019
10:00am – 1:30pm
$45

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Worm Composting in the Classroom

By November the garden is winding down, and we start to shift our focus to garden-related lessons in the indoor classroom. In this workshop, we walk you through the process of assembling and caring for a worm bin. Learn how to connect your worm bin to life cycle and decomposition lessons, and work with your students to create compost throughout the winter, which can be used in the springtime garden.

Saturday, November 2, 2019
10:00am – 12:00pm
$25

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We’d like to thank Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation for their generous support of the Helping Kids Get Healthy Educator Workshop Series!