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Winter Junior Master Gardener Lessons

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This winter, our school garden educators have been teaching a few different lessons of our inaugural Junior Master Gardener lessons. These lessons, taught in conjunction with CSU Extension 4-H Agent Greg Felson, are a complete success! Since the 2nd grade students of Needham Elementary, Animas Valley Elementary, and Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary have gotten back from Winter Break, they have learned all about vermicomposting, Citizen Science, and plant needs!

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What Do We Do During Winter??

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One can only wonder what school gardeneers (yes, it's like musketeers but cooler) do during cold, Colorado winters. Well, we bring the garden into the classroom! This winter, Marissa and Will have been teaching Garden-Based Science Lessons and Junior Master Gardeners Lessons in classrooms around the county.

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Autumn Fun in the School Gardens

Fall 2017 was a fantastic season with our school gardens! Our school garden educators ran the after-school Dirt Club, winterized the garden beds for Farmer Days, and started our inaugural year of the Junior Master Gardeners program around the county.

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School Garden Committee Recruitment

School Garden Committee awareness and recruitment has begun!

We are in the beginning stages of supporting schools with existing garden infrastructure (in use or not) to form school garden committees.

These committees are made up of staff, parents, neighbors, local master gardeners - really anybody who has a direct connection to that school and wants to be involved in maintaining the school's garden.

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Kids' Camp Lessons December 2016

The Garden Project’s school garden educators created hands-on garden based science activities for Durango 9-R Elementary Schools Kids’ Camps! 

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School Garden Program '15/'16 Highlights

Our school garden programs have been expanding greatly this past year!

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HEADS UP:
We are making Garden-Based Science Lessons available to ALL K-5 Durango 9-R Schools! Have your student's teacher sign up today!

We collaborated with Durango School District 9-­R’s Science Curriculum Department to align lessons with Foundational Evidence Outcomes (FEOs) and semester pacing.

During the '15/'16 School Year we brought garden programs to Needham Elementary, Riverview Elementary, Park Elementary, Animas Valley Elementary, Sunnyside Elementary & Miller Middle!

We reached over 1,300 indvidual students with 4,239 educational hours! Our School Gardens at Needham, Riverview, and Park harvested 727lbs. of produce!

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After School Garden Programs Fall 2016

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2016 Needham Summer Workdays

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Farmer Days at Needham's School Garden 2016

Needham's School Garden is planted! Thank you to all local farmers who came out and planted each garden bed with students.

We sowed seeds, transplanted baby plants, searched the garden for beneficial insects and created a garden wishing tree. Way to go students, teachers, volunteers and farmers!

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New School Garden Educator

Meet our new AmeriCorps School Garden Coordinator!

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