Master Gardeners of San Mateo & San Francisco Co.
University of California
Master Gardeners of San Mateo & San Francisco Co.

School Garden Workshops


New hands-on learning opportunity for teachers, parents and school garden advocates.

Saturday, March 14, 2015
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Redwood High School
1968 Old County Road
Redwood City, CA  94063

Master Gardener Contact:  (650) 796-3626

Start your Spring Gardening season off with new ideas, fun lesson plans and a chance to connect with other passionate school gardeners.

Featured topics include:

  • Curriculum:  Learn about curriculum-related migration of foods and cultures between the Old World and the New World. This is also referred to as "The Columbian Exchange."
  • Basic Botany:  Link garden action to science lessons. Learn about plant families and the scientific nomenclature of the 10 most common edible plants for school gardens. Sign Making Activity.
  • Special Topic -- Weeds:  Not all weeds are undesirable. Learn the ones to love and cultivate, and prevention activities that make weed control fun in the garden for all. Recipe ideas included.
  • Seasonal Foods:  Sample Old World and New World Foods and think how our diets have been affected.

Enjoy the learning together at our host garden classroom inside the Redwood High School Garden. See this 1/2 acre garden in action for ideas in your own school. Receive your packet of learning materials, including tips for "Summer Care."  We will have a Bean Seed Give-Away for planting this spring in our own school yard.

Class size is limited to 25 registrants. Sign up early! $20 material fee payment required with registration.


P A S T   W O R K S H O P S


GROWING OUR COMMON CORE on Saturday, September 27, 2014.

Featured topics: Curriculum Selections, Annual Planting Plan, Poetry Slam, Seeds and Nuts, Plant Give Aways.

Comments about the workshop:  I really enjoyed the workshop; it made me totally relax and decompress after a crazy week.  I made some great contacts, learned about some new resources, and came away with some curriculum ideas that I could actually teach next week!  I've been to more than my fair share of trainings and workshops, and believe me, it's not very often that I can claim all these benefits about one three-hour workshop!  So thanks again for coordinating it and I look forward to seeing you again. (Redwood City)


LEARNING FROM LEAVES on Saturday, October 25, 2014 (canceled)

Featured topics:  Photosynthesis - Green is the new black! Discover new ways to make better sense of the energy cycle of the plant world. Leaf Lessons - Learn about shapes, veins, patterns, and why leaves change colors; participate in a leaf scavenger hunt.  Tree ID Walk - Discover techniques and technologies to identify your school trees. One Bite Taste Tests - Fun and creative ways to have kids sample leafy veggies (includes seedlings for your garden).  Spotlight on School Gardens - Attendees get time to share their own successes and challenges, and encourage each other.


GARDEN GOLD! PUT YOUR SOIL TO WORK FOR YOU on Saturday, April 5, 2014.

Featured topics:  Non-toxic Gopher Abatement, Lively Soil is the Key to Healthy Plants! and Hot and Cold Compost Pile Methods.




Featured topics:  Curriculum Connections - Composting, Worm Bins, and Decomposers, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) - Pesticides and Reading Labels, Seasonal Food - Kale Varieties, and Sensory Gardens - Plans and Activities to spark your senses. 



LEARNING WITH NATIVE PLANTS! on Saturday, October 26, 2013.

Featured topics:  Planting and Care of Natives for School Gardens, Curriculum - California Indian Use of Plants, Games to Make from Native Plants, Seasonal Recipes - Bay Nuts and Herbal Teas, and Seedlings for Schools.



GET YOUR GARDEN GROWING! on Saturday, September 28, 2013.

Featured topics:  Planting Plans - A School Year in the Garden, Curriculum Connection - Colonial Plants and Methods, Growing Volunteers and Parent Involvement, Growing Lavender for Gift Ideas, and Seasonal Food - Apple Harvest and Tree Care.



SOIL AND BED PREPARATION! on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Featured topics:  What to Plant Now for Year-Round Harvest, Soil Preparation Methods, Hands-on Technique Demonstrations, Seed-tape Making Craft for Kids, and Stay for Lunch and Garden Workday!




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