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

The Home Grounds team will present Urban Green: STEM in the Garden a teacher training workshop and webinar series.

The Home Grounds Team knows that 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 your garden knowledge while maximizing your school garden’s STEM teaching capability. This course follows along with Clemson University’s outdoor classroom curriculum, ‘STEM in the Garden,’ which is recommended for purchase to accompany the class.

Tune in on Tuesdays and Thursdays

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 14 through July 30
Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m. CST
Where: The webinars are presented through Zoom, an online video presentation format. Registration is required.


Registration is required to attend this webinar series. The Zoom meeting number and link will be provided upon completion of the online registration. Visit http://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.

Dates and Topics

Presentations are 50 minutes each with a 10-minute break between sessions.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Nine CEUs are available with this course (1.5 per session) through the AAMU/UAH Regional In-service Center on the PowerSchool platform. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will only be awarded to those who attend the entire session of each webinar in the Series.

CEU session numbers and registration instructions will be given at the end of each webinar series survey.

Recommended Materials

We recommended that you obtain this 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
  • Seasonal Planting Guide and Calendar for School Gardens
    by Amy L. Dabbs, Zachary Snipes, Olivia M. Thompson (Editor)
    Paperback: 40 pages
    Publisher: College of Charleston (September 30, 2016)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0986187135
    ISBN-13: 978-0986187131

Textbook and Calendar 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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