Grow hands-on learning through your school’s garden!
As part of our suite of Agriculture Education programs, Inside Education is pleased to be working with Nutrients for Life to bring an exciting opportunity to develop gardens in Alberta classrooms and school yards. Whether you already have a school learning garden that you would like to expand or would like to create a new one – this is your chance!
In partnership with Inside Education, Nutrients for Life Canada will award successful applicants funding for the development of school gardens:
1. Learning Garden – $3000
– Two grants of $3000 will be awarded for these two year projects. ($2500 in year one and $500 in year two)
2. School Garden – $500
– Eight grants of $500 will be awarded for these one year projects.
Grant winners will be required to share how they built and used their garden, along with the benefits to the school and student learning, by October 31 of that grant year. Videos, photos and participant testimonials go a long way to showing your school’s experience. Check out this video put together by Kate Chegwin school, a 2016 learning garden recipient.
What is Nutrients for Life?
This program encourages teachers and students to roll up their sleeves and discover the role nutrients play in food production, health and the environment. In addition to providing funding for your project, Nutrients for Life supports student learning by providing access to cross-curricular learning resources related to agricultural sustainability and the science behind food production.
A Nutrients for Life Learning Garden is a valuable learning environment where your students will:
- Engage in project-based learning about nutrition, health and food security
- Build environmental awareness and stewardship skills
- Foster collaboration, teamwork and leadership in your community
- Gain outdoor experiences while engaging in physical activity
The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018. Inside Education will review applications as they are received, and the first grants will be awarded in January so we encourage you to apply early. Please note that due to the volume of grant requests only successful applicants will be notified. To complete your application you will need to have the following (pdf application):
- School, teacher and principal contact information
- A description of your garden plans, including photos if applicable
- Expected student reach and how the garden will enhance student learning
- Familiarity with the Nourishing the Planet curriculum resources
For more information about this program, please contact Inside Education’s Program Director Kathryn Wagner.