Garden-Based Lesson Plans

These resources are full of lesson plans for connecting what you’re growing to educational curriculum:

Fresh from the Farm, Seven Generations Ahead

Fresh from the Farm curricula are designed to engage children grades 1-8 in gardening, plant science, food system education, and overall wellness.

Life Lab

Life Lab cultivates children's love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education.Curriculum for all grades is available on the website.

U of I Extension

University of Illinois Extension in Champaign has a variety of lesson plans from bulbs to pollinators to composting.

Growing Minds

Growing minds has many lesson plans geared at engaging early childhood.

Kids Gardening

Whether you want to study nutrition, soil, plants, pollinators, or garden creativity, there's a lesson plan here for you.

Dig Deeper, Big Green

Big Green has garden curriculum for children in K-8, and for high school aged teens in one, easily accessible spot: Bite-sized lessons and activity bundles for educators. These lesson bundles provide activities and lessons on garden and food related subjects.

What to Do: A School Garden Calendar

This school garden organizer contains month by month calendars and tips with growing lessons from the New York Botanical Garden.

NGreenhouse Manual: A Guide for Educators

This manual is designed as an introduction for educators who are beginning to explore ways to incorporate a greenhouse as a hands-on learning environment for students of all ages. It offers information and resources both for teachers interested in establishing a new project, as well as for those who already have access to an existing greenhouse or hoop house.