School Gardens

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.



Registration Forms

Scholarship Applications


Contact Taylor Henzler

Phone (970) 259-3123


Looking for a summer camp when our camps are not offered? Check out Durango Nature Studies Junior Naturalist Field Camp. 


New! Garden-Based Science Lessons 

Click here to sign-up for a Garden Lesson in your classroom!

   Over the past year, The Garden Project has been dedicated to Farm to School initiatives. We want to give schools the opportunity to connect students to healthy food, agriculture and gardening through school garden curriculum appropriate to Southwest Colorado, tied to Colorado State Education Standards, and replicable across schools and counties.

   We have collaborated with Durango School District 9-­R’s Science Curriculum Department to bring students and teachers Garden-­Based Science Lessons that align with Foundational Evidence Outcomes (FEOs) and semester pacing. These lessons connect kids to their food while reinforcing science standards, no school garden required! The Garden Project provides garden educators and the materials to carry out each lesson in classrooms, much like Durango Nature Studies’ Nature in the Classroom programs.  

Contact​ Taylor Henzler, School Garden Programs Coordinator, for more information about a garden lesson in your classroom! 

Email:​ ​​     

Office phone: (970) 259­-3123









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.

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