Starting and sustaining a school garden conference 2018

Come to starting and sustaining a school garden conference to get your garden off to a great start and keep it on track.

It is that great time of year again to be planning the school garden! Positively channel that excitement for the upcoming school garden season by attending Michigan State University Extension’s annual school garden conference, Starting and Sustaining a School Garden on April 20, 2018!

We have a content-packed and hands-on day planned for all and registration is available at:

This year the conference returns to its original location of the wonderful Michigan State University Tollgate Education Center and Farm, located at 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377. And Dr. Norm Lownds, Director of the 4-H Children’s Garden will be our keynote speaker sharing his wisdom of “25 Years of Working with Children in the Garden”.

There will be a “Whole Group Investigation” that all attendees will participate in and will allow for continued contact beyond the conference. Timely break-out sessions include “Exploring Phenomena in the Garden” with separate sessions for the elementary, middle and high school levels. There will also be several sessions outside in the gardens at Tollgate including “Themed Gardens”, “Garden by Design” and “Edible Plants in the Garden”.

See a full listing of all the break-out sessions at the online flyer:

There will also be opportunities to ask questions and network with the workshop educators, other attending teachers, school garden staff and volunteers. Feel free to download the above linked flyer and agenda to share with any other interested school garden people such as, parents, administrators and fellow educators.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Contact Kristine Hahn at 248-802-4590 or for a scholarship application, any questions about Starting and Sustaining a School Garden Conference, or to schedule your own school garden site visit or a professional development session at your school. Hope you can join us for lots of fun and learning on April 20, 2018 at Tollgate!

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