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Teacher is with middle school students posing around a raised garden bed in the city.

The Alabama Extension home grounds team presents STEM in the Garden, a teacher training workshop and webinar series.

For a school’s outdoor classroom to be successful, it must be grown and maintained correctly. This course will train teachers on basic gardening principles and ways to align the Alabama gardening calendar with a school year calendar. It will also include solutions to common problems associated with outdoor classrooms. STEM in the Garden will strengthen a person’s garden knowledge while maximizing their school’s garden’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teaching capability.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available with this course through the the Alabama A&M University/University of Alabama at Huntsville (AAMU/UAH) Inservice Center on the PowerSchool platform. Two CEUs will be awarded for each session. Virtual attendance is required at the live event in order to receive CEU credits.

Join Online Tuesdays and Thursdays

When: Select Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 14–30 at 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. CT

Where: Zoom

Zoom Registration

Register by June 10. Registration is required to attend this webinar series. The Zoom meeting number and link will be provided upon completion of the online registration. Visit www.aces.edu/go/STEM to register.

New to Zoom? Visit the Zoom website to watch a video that will help you prepare to attend.

What to Expect

A typical online STEM in the Garden series is composed of six, two-hour sessions. During the sessions, home grounds agents will offer two presentations focused on information directly related to planning, maintaining, and teaching within a classroom STEM garden.

Dates and Topics

  • June 14
    • Soil and Plant Nutrition
    • Organic vs. Conventional Growing Methods
  • June 16
    • Building and Maintaining Raised Bed Gardens
    • Seed Starting for the Classroom
  • June 21
    • Pollinator Gardening: Who They Are and What Plants Attract Them
    • Insects in the Garden: How to Attract Beneficials and Eliminate Pests
  • June 23
    • Basics of Growing Vegetables and Herbs
    • Edible Landscaping Ideas for Outdoor Classrooms
  • June 28
    • Rain Gardens and Rainwater Harvesting
    • Composting and Vermicomposting in Schools
  • June 30
    • 25 Landscape Tips for the Outdoor Classroom
    • Ornamental Ponds: Plants and Maintenance

Previous series topics included the following:

  • Soil and Plant Nutrition; Conventional vs. Organic Growing Methods
  • Building and Maintaining Raised Bed Gardens; Composting and Vermicomposting for Schools
  • Pollinator Gardens; Insects in the Garden: Good and Bad
  • Basics of Growing Vegetables and Herbs; Edible Landscaping Ideas for School Grounds
  • Rain Gardens and Rainwater Harvesting; Plant Propagation in the Classroom
  • Hydroponic Gardening for Schools; Aquaponics Systems for Schools

Recommended Materials

It is recommended that participants obtain the following STEM curriculum textbook and supplemental planning calendar before the session begins.

  • The Garden STEM: Curriculum for your Garden Classroom
    by Katie Donohoe (Author), Olivia M. Thompson (Editor),
    Torborg Davern (Artist)
    Paperback: 600 pages
    Publisher: College of Charleston (September 10, 2015) Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0986187100
    ISBN-13: 978-0986187100

Textbook Source: Amy Dabbs, Statewide School & Community Gardening Coordinator, Clemson Extension Horticulture
Phone: 843-402-5328

More Information

Contact Allyson Shabel at ams0137@aces.edu or Rudy Pacumbaba at rop0001@aces.edu for more information about this workshop series or other Alabama Extension gardening and landscaping programs.


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