School Garden Summer Workshops


  • K-8 Teachers
  • School personnel and Volunteers interested in school gardens
  • Extension staff who work with schools/school gardens

“I have attended all of the summer garden conferences they have offered. I find their sessions to be extremely helpful.
I used to have a black thumb and now my thumb is so green, it wears off on others.
Their resources on curriculum as well as the hands on demonstrations are totally invaluable.” 

-Jackie Tingen, STEM Teacher, Dixon Road Elementary

What: One day professional development workshop with hand-on activities, make-and-take demonstrations and door prizes!

Focus Area 1: Gateways to School Gardens

Whether you are looking for a small project to get started and build excitement about learning through gardening, something for the “off season,” or just a complementary garden project, these are options we’ve had experience with. We’ll cover logistics, connect to state standards and set you on the path to success.

  • Microgreens
  • Tower garden/aeroponics
  • Bucket gardens
  • Mini raised beds

Focus Area 2: Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) in the Garden

The importance of social and emotional learning in the life of a student is now being recognized as a factor for academic and life success. Research supports improved social-emotional learning in students who are involved in gardens and gardening experiences. We’ll look at each of these SEL areas and explore how they can be incorporated in the garden learning experience.

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Skills
  • Responsible Decision Making

When and Where:
There are 3 dates and 3 locations. Choose the one that suits you. The same content will be delivered at each workshop. You must register for the date/location you plan to attend.

Thursday, June 17Tuesday, June 22Thursday, June 24
Forsyth CountyPitt CountyHaywood County
Forsyth Cooperative Extension Center
1450 Fairchild Rd 
Winston Salem, NC  27105
Alice F Keene District Park
4561 County Home Rd, 
Greenville, NC 27858
The Lodge at the Mountain Research Station
400 Camp Schaub Rd
Waynesville, NC 28786

How much? $10 Registration is limited to 25 participants; we will offer a waiting list and schedule another workshop if there is interest.

Additional Considerations:

  • Certificates for CEUs available.
  • Be prepared to be outside. Dress for the weather. Bring a hat and a water/refillable bottle. Bring a folding chair.
  • All participants will be expected to abide by all Covid precautions (as dictated by the state and NC Cooperative Extension) that are in place at the time of the workshops.

If you have questions, please reach out to Amy Bowman,, or Doug Vernon,