Anyone who knows me or follows my blogs knows I am into kids and dirt. I love having my kids garden with me and I love introducing other kids to gardening. I am currently involved in the vegetable and herb garden at my daughter’s preschool and with the new garden at my son’s elementary school. But alsong with the joy of teaching kids to garden comes a myriad of challenges: how to fit the garden into the curriculum, how to excite teachers about the garden, how to get school and district support, funding, and so on..
If you’re interested in school gardening and anywhere near Austin, check out this upcoming opportunity. It’s called the Get Growing Keep Going Conference
. Not expensive and perfect for teachers, administration and parent/school volunteers to learn the latest information about gardening in schools.
Sat, Feb 6, 2010, 8 am- 4pm
Garza Independence High School (1600 Chicon, Austin TX 78702).
7 CEU for those needing them
Registration fee of $25
The purpose of the conference is to give administrators, teachers and parent representatives the tools to integrate gardens, nature areas and green programs into the school environment which includes topics on rainwater harvesting, composting, vegetable gardening, plant propagation, native habitats, native plants, etc.
The key speakers for the conference are Kevin Coyle, VP of Education at National Wildlife Federation, and Danna Keyburn, Science Educator at Redeemer Lutheran School. The conference includes speakers, hands-on sessions and exhibitors from organization such as Travis County Master Gardeners, Sustainable Food Center, Green Corn Project, Austin Discovery School, LBJ Wildflower Center, National Wildlife Federation, and Keep Austin Beautiful.