Helping Kids Get Healthy

A Workshop Series for Youth Educators

The Helping Kids Get Healthy 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. Each workshop highlights unique, seasonally-appropriate lessons from DUG’s School Garden and Nutrition Curriculum

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.

These workshops are not:

  • About how to start a school or community garden. (If you would like information on starting a garden, please contact us here.)
  • About home gardening as an individual or with your family.

2017 Workshops

FEBRUARY

Build Your Own Grow Lab and Starting Seeds
Thursday, February 16th
5:30 – 8:00pm
$100 for materials, $20 for class (public) $10 for class (DUG participants/gardeners)

Want to start your own seedlings this year? It’s cheaper than buying transplants and you can start unusual varieties that you may not find elsewhere. In this workshop, we will guide you through the process, provide the materials, and send you home with a grow lab that you can use to start seedlings. Learn when to start different seeds, how to plant, water, thin, maintain and provide correct lighting.

In Colorado, we must start some vegetables indoors in early spring in order to get a full harvest during the growing season. Such plants include tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts and some herbs.

This grow lab is 24” x 20” x 26” and can fit easily on a tabletop or on the floor. It breaks down after use for easy storage in the off-season. This set-up is perfect for use at home or in a classroom.

Don’t need a grow lab? Join us for just the second part of this workshop to learn how to start seeds indoors from 7:00 to 8:00pm.

Register here!

MARCH

Denver Urban Gardens, Slow Food Denver and The Kitchen Community present
Engaging the School and Greater Community in the School Garden
Thursday, March 9th 2017
5:30 – 7:30pm – This workshop is sold out.

Hear from school and community leaders in the Denver Urban Gardens, Slow Food Denver and The Kitchen Community school garden networks in this panel discussion. A successful, sustainable garden is engaging and educational for students and community members alike. Learn best practices for engaging community and developing learning opportunities for students in school gardens from on-the-ground experts.

In this panel discussion, you will learn:

  • How to engage the administration, teachers, and parent volunteers in the school garden.
  • Common challenges that school gardens face and strategies to address these challenges.
  • How to create an action plan that will lead to the success and sustainability of your school garden and garden programs.

Take home:

  • Inspiration and strategies for creating successful school garden programs.
  • Resources for garden-based curriculum, tips on classroom management in the garden, how to start and maintain school garden programs, and more.
  • Examples of materials and supplies that successful school gardens have utilized.

Dinner provided.

Register here!

APRIL

Preventing Pests and Diseases
Thursday, April 20th
6:00 – 8:00pm
$20 for class (public) $10 for class (DUG participants/gardeners)

A healthy and productive garden starts with planning. Prevention is the best approach when it comes to managing pests and diseases in an organic garden. Once pests and diseases make themselves at home in the garden, it can be more difficult to eradicate them. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to set-up your garden for success. We’ll learn about garden planning and best management practices for crop health, including:

  • Spacing
  • Healthy soil
  • Watering
  • Identifying pests and diseases
  • Crop rotation
  • Companion planting
  • Attracting beneficial insects
  • Distinguishing beneficial from pest insects

Dinner provided.

Register here!

SEPTEMBER

Using the School Garden in the Classroom:
An Overview of DUG’s Curriculum and How it Aligns to Standards
Thursday, September 7th
5:30 – 7:30pm
$20

Join the DUG education team to learn different ways to connect the classroom to the school garden and teach hands-on lessons in gardening and nutrition. In this workshop we will overview the DUG curriculum, how our lessons align to the Colorado Academic Standards in science and comprehensive health, and provide tips on how to engage your students in the school garden.

DUG’s curriculum provides experiential learning opportunities for student inquiry and investigation into health, earth and life sciences, math, literacy, and social science. Our seasonal approach to teaching bridges gardening, nutrition, and science using standards-aligned lessons for the elementary school classroom and garden. Each lesson includes the applicable Colorado Academic Standards in science and comprehensive health with suggested extensions and modifications. Most of our lessons are one hour and include a healthy, kid-tested recipe that is appropriate for the classroom, topic, and season.

Join the DUG educational team in learning how to use the school garden in the classroom. In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to lead hands-on and engaging lessons in your school garden that inspire and motivate students.
  • How to incorporate garden-based lessons into your classroom, and how these lessons align to Standards.

Take home:

  • Inspiration and strategies for success from DUG and other educators.
  • An activity packet packet of DUG lessons and resources.
  • Healthy, kid-tested recipes.

Dinner provided.

Register here!

OCTOBER

Connecting the Garden to Literacy
Thursday, October 12th
5:30 – 7:30pm
$20

Instead of adding to your already full plate, incorporate gardening into your existing lessons! In this workshop, we will explore ways to utilize the garden and nutrition as engaging subjects to enhance literacy education. We will cover how specific lessons on connecting nutrition and literacy, as well as various other connections between literacy standards and the garden. 

Join the DUG educational team in learning how to connect your school garden to the Colorado Academic Standards for Literacy. In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to lead hands-on and engaging literacy lessons in your school garden that inspire and motivate students.
  • Simple ways to incorporate the garden into existing literacy lessons.

Take home:

  • Inspiration and strategies for success in providing experiential opportunities for student inquiry and investigation into literacy in a garden-based setting.
  • An activity packet with garden-based lessons, suggested interdisciplinary extensions, a list of recommended books, and more

What past participants have said:

  • “This workshop was very practical and useful – I can take this right into the classroom.”
  • “I now know how to better engage youth and help bring literacy, math, and health into the classroom.”
  • “What I learned in this workshop will help me be more creative when planning activities in the garden with students.”

Register here!

NOVEMBER

Worm Composting in the Classroom
Thursday, November 9th
5:30 – 7:30pm
$25 (includes cost of worm bin and one pound of worms)

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.

Join the DUG educational team in learning worm composting in the classroom. In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to start and maintain a healthy worm bin in the classroom.
  • Simple ways to incorporate life and earth science standards into lessons involving the garden.

Take home:

  • A worm bin and a pound of worms (we will coordinate pick up of worms after the workshop).
  • An activity packet with lessons that utilize the worm bin, facts on worm composting, and more.

What past participants have said:

  • “So many great ideas on how to start worm composting and fun ways to keep the kids engaged.”
  • “I now feel confident in starting, maintain, and harvesting a worm bin in the classroom.”
  • “Very practical information – the do’s and don’ts of having a worm bin in the classroom were particularly helpful.”

Dinner provided.

Register here!