This facilitated hour-long session consisting of 5-minute Lighting Talks from a variety of school garden professionals. All of these presentations were featured at the Growing School Gardens Summit in April 2022. After each talk, reflection questions are shared to digest the information shared and identify how you can replicate their programming.
Resource Guide, including slide deck and relevant links.
Lightning Talk Lineup
Potted Paradise for Hawaii Seniors: An Intergenerational School Garden Project for the Pandemic with Marielle Hampton
For older adults stuck at home, a container garden delivery program on Hawaii Island provided new tastes and connections through plants and letters from students at a local school garden. We’ll review successes and lessons learned from the first “Keiki 2 Kupuna” (Child to Elder) program with University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service and Māla‘ai: the Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School.
Drive Thru Gardening: Engaging students while in distance learning with Jacqueline Lacey
What does an environmental education resource teacher do to engage her students in gardening while the schools are closed? She creates a Drive-thru garden experience! In a year with Drive-thru Christmas lights, Drive-thru restaurants, and Grab and Go Materials day, she developed a Drive-thru experience that would engage her learners and get them gardening at home.
We All Live Down S.T.R.E.A.M. Night with Meghan Manion
Create an environmentally awesome S.T.R.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, & Math) Night at your school focusing on water conservation! Learn how to get your school and community involved in the Earth friendly fun!
Urban agroforestry is a regenerative climate adaptation and resilience strategy on schoolyards with Lydia Olivier
Urban agroforestry is explored in its usefulness in climate adaptation and co-benefits when applied and adapted to a Los Angeles, CA schoolyard. The research demonstrates increasing the diversity within an existing urban forest on a one acre schoolyard through urban agroforestry can increase carbon storage, provide increased biodiversity, and is a source of cultural education and food security.
Just Do It: Top Five Garden-Based Learning Tips with Mercedes Tichenor
What advice would you give teachers who want to garden with their students? What are the top five most helpful tips? In this Lightning Talk, we’ll share simple and doable suggestions to get teachers motivated to start a garden project in their schools. Come and learn five quick and easy tips from experienced garden-based learning teachers.