School gardens help kids grow. Whether focused on fruits and veggies, native plants or wildlife, school gardens provide hands-on connections to science, nutrition, math and a variety of other subjects. Make the most of your school garden with Sarasota County Extension:
- The expertise of UF-trained Master Gardeners
- Free, public workshops on a broad array of topics
- A wealth of design, curriculum and grant ideas
- Connection to a network of other successful school gardens
Currently, there are more than 60 school gardens across Sarasota County, from pre-schools through high schools. Most school gardens are not open to the public. However, tours may be arranged in advance at certain locations. If you are interested in visiting a specific site or would like more information about school gardens, call 941-861-5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Gardens 101
School gardens provide countless ways to engage and motivate students with hands-on learning opportunities. Learn what it takes to build and maintain a garden at your location. This one-day featuring expert speakers will cover resources, curriculum, planting tips, composting basics, and more. Teachers receive eight (8) CEU credits for attendance.
Learn more and register through Eventbrite.com.
Please check individual grant program sites for details regarding funding availability and grant deadlines.
- UF/IFAS Extension Florida School Garden Competition
- Florida Agriculture in the Classroom
- Florida Department of Education: Grow Healthy, School Garden Kits
- Florida Association of Science Teachers (FAST)
- Food Corps
- Florida Farm Bureau
- Lowes: Toolbox for Education Awards
- Whole Foods Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant
- National Gardening Association Youth Garden Grants
- Sea World/Busch Gardens Environmental Excellence Award