School Gardens

Youth and school gardens engage students with hands-on curriculum integration that promotes cooperation, healthy living, social and emotional development, nutrition education, environmental stewardship, and a connection to their food system.

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 The Garden Project does not work in all of the gardens listed below. Primary school gardens working with The Garden Project currently include:

Needham Elementary, Riverview Elementary and Miller Middle School.

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Click on image above to view all the various gardens (The Garden Project related or independent) in La Plata County!

2013 list of La Plata County School Gardens

Animas Valley Elementary
Type: greenhouse
Contact: Lisa Schuba, Principle

Bayfield Elementary
Type: Vegetable garden
Contact: Robert Stafford, school counselor
Garden wish list:Volunteer garden coordinator or Colorado Master Gardener (Spring 2014)

Durango Early Learning Center
Type: flower, sensory and vegetable gardens
Contact: Lesley Leach, Director

Durango High School
Type: greenhouse and raised bed gardens
Contact: Lisa Steinken, Agricultural Education

Escalante Middle School
Type: greenhouse and vegetable garden
Contact: Tim Arnold, Principle
Garden wish list: Volunteer garden coordinator or Colorado Master Gardener (Spring 2014)

Fort Lewis College Environmental Center
Type: garden and greenhouse
Contact: Rachel Landis, FLC Environmental Center

Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary
Type: greenhouse and native plants garden
Contact: Shari Fitzgerald or Kristi Wiebel or The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado

Miller Middle School
Started: Fall 2014
Type: raised beds & outdoor learning laboratory
Contact: Donna Chase, PTO or Cito Nuhn, Principal

Mountain Middle School
Type: raised beds, vegetable garden
Contact: Chris Hughes, 8th Grade Teacher

Needham Elementary
Type: 24 raised bed vegetable garden, sensory & perennial garden
Contact: Beth Saren, Kindergarten teacher or The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado
Garden wish list: Click here

Park Elementary
Type: learning preserve and 4 raised bed gardens
Contact: Chris Isgar or Hadley Galbraith
Garden wish list: Gardening tools (Spring 2014)

River Mist Preschool
Type: Flower and vegetable garden
Contact: Jennifer Tew, Director

Riverview Elementary School
Type: vegetable garden plots at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
Contact: Charlie Love, Science Teacher
Garden wish list: Greenhouse on campus (Spring 2014)

Southern Ute Academy
Type: garden and greenhouse
Contact: Linda Daniels or Tamara Brand

Montezuma County School Gardens

Check the Montezuma School to Farm Project