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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.

Twelve CEU credits are available with this course (two per session, attendance is not mandatory for all sessions).

Join us online Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 15–July 1 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 15 – Soil and Plant Nutrition; Conventional vs. Organic Growing Methods
  • June 17 – Building and Maintaining Raised Bed Gardens; Composting and Vermicomposting for Schools
  • June 22 – Pollinator Gardens; Insects in the Garden: Good and Bad
  • June 24 – Basics of Growing Vegetables and Herbs; Edible Landscaping Ideas for School Grounds
  • June 29 – Rain Gardens and Rainwater Harvesting; Plant Propagation in the Classroom
  • July 1 – Hydroponic Gardening for Schools; Aquaponics Systems for Schools

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Twelve CEUs are available with this course (2 per session) through the AAMU/UAH Regional In-service Center on the PowerSchool platform. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded for each session, attendance is not mandatory for all sessions.

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

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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