June 6–10, 9am–1pmWhere
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The camp is for traditional and non-traditional educators who want to learn more hands-on basics for using school grounds (gardens/nature trails) as an education tool. The registration fee is $100 per person, including lunch.
Dress in layers and plan to get dirty; this is hands-on training.
Monday: Walking workshop as participants meander through the garden areas discussing how each is used with opportunities along the way for hands-on gardening, lesson and maintenance tips and tasting, i.e. sweet snow peas right off the vine.
Tuesday: Start off the morning with an introduction to working with up to 30 children in an outdoor classroom environment. This will be followed by working with a class of students to plant seeds and plants, harvest fresh produce and make a salad from the garden.
Wednesday: Cold Cooking from the Garden with Rita Heikenfeld. Harvest vegetables, herbs and edible flowers, then share in the cleaning and preparation to make a number of simple, beautiful and delicious cold dishes we will have for lunch. This exercise is helpful whether you use produce fresh from the gardens in spring or fall or from the supermarket in the middle of winter.
Thursday is Maker’s day: The focus is on tools i.e. drills, jig saws, glue guns, wood burning and hand tools to build a variety of projects – some to take home.
Friday the focus returns to the gardens and then the nature trail. How to take cuttings, divide perennials and press flowers. Establishing some of the components of an educational trail, even if participants do not have a grove of trees on their school grounds.
Over lunch each day, discuss the behind-the-scenes aspects of running a school garden program, i.e. securing supplies, raising funds, recruiting volunteers. Lunch will include special guests, i.e. teachers, garden educators and volunteers to share their experiences.