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Repurposing Milk Cartons for the Garden

Repurposing Milk Cartons for the Garden

We are so pleased to once again work with our friends at Pactiv Evergreen to share ideas on repurposing cartons for use in the garden! Their new school program, PlantCarton Life offers downloadable carton craft and nature activities to inspire you to find creative and...

KidsGardening 2021 Impact Report

KidsGardening 2021 Impact Report

We are so pleased to be able to share our 2021 Impact Report with you. Our love and respect for children and their educators and caregivers fuel our enthusiasm and steadfast devotion to creating resources that allow millions of kids across the country to play, learn,...

Little Seeds Pollinator Pals Grant

Little Seeds Pollinator Pals Grant

Pollinator Garden Grant! As the Monarch Butterflies are migrating across the United States, and bees, bats, and other pollinators are enjoying the early summer flowers, educators are starting to plan their pollinator garden spaces. June is pollinator month and the...

Cooking with Eggs: Activity Pack and Contest

Cooking with Eggs: Activity Pack and Contest

An Eggs-quisite Garden Activity Pack + Contest Summer is the perfect time to get creative in the kitchen with your favorite garden-grown ingredients! That’s why we’ve teamed up with Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs to create a NEW Garden Activity pack that will inspire...

Celebrating Native Pollinators with Wyman’s

Celebrating Native Pollinators with Wyman’s

Three new pollinator guides and a giveaway! KidsGardening and Wyman's are teaming up to celebrate pollinator month! We are really excited to share three NEW native pollinator resources designed for both families and educators. Beyond getting the world to eat more...

Cooking, Science, & Art Garden Activity Packs

Cooking, Science, & Art Garden Activity Packs

Need ideas on how to get creative with your garden harvests this summer? We’ve got three garden activity packs that will get kids inspired to cook, experiment, and make art with garden-grown plants and produce! Each of the Garden Activity Packs shows you fun ways to...

Project Seeds of Wonder (S.O.W.): Food Gardening with Justice in Mind

Project Seeds of Wonder (S.O.W.): Food Gardening with Justice in Mind

Project Seeds of Wonder (S.O.W.): Food Gardening with Justice in Mind is a food gardening curriculum published in February 2022 by Cornell University. Created for educators who work with young people ages 13-19, Project S.O.W. consists of 4 units: Cultivating...

Art Activities Using Natural Dyes

Art Activities Using Natural Dyes

Art Activities Using Natural Dyes (and a giveaway!) Creating arts and crafts using natural dyes allows you to transform the inherent beauty and vibrancy of plants into a new form. This garden activity pack will walk you through: The best plants to grow for natural dye...

Three engaging April webinars

Three engaging April webinars

April Webinars Don't miss these engaging webinars scheduled for April! Registrants for each of the following webinars will be entered into a giveaway! Giveaways vary per webinar.Ecological Gardening:Companion planting and other earth-friendly practices KidsGardening...

2022 GroMoreGood Grassroots Grant Winners

2022 GroMoreGood Grassroots Grant Winners

GroMoreGood Grassroots Winners Showcase Accessible Youth Gardens The days are getting longer, birds are chirping, and temperatures are warming across the country. Spring is in the air! Just before the first day of spring, we were excited to join our partner The Scotts...

Lessons to Grow By

Lessons to Grow By

Lessons to Grow By is back! In fall of 2020, we piloted a new program, originally designed for caregivers teaching at home or educators teaching remotely. Each week, we sent out an email with hands-on activities, reading, and links for digging deeper. Over the course...

Kiwanis International and KidsGardening

Kiwanis International and KidsGardening

KidsGardening and Kiwanis share the vision of creating a better world for kids, a world full of opportunities to thrive. Gardens provide an ideal setting and tool for nurturing kids — their bodies and minds — while improving the communities and ecosystems they live...

Growing School Food Gardens is LIVE!

Growing School Food Gardens is LIVE!

KidsGardening is thrilled to announce that the new Growing School Food Gardens Community is live in the Kids Garden Community!  With the support of the USDA, the Growing School Food Gardens Community will facilitate peer-to-peer learning opportunities, mentorship...

Culturally-Responsive Hydroponics

Culturally-Responsive Hydroponics

Green Our Planet is a non-profit organization based in Nevada that promotes STEM learning, school garden education, and hydroponics in pre-K–12 schools across the country. Currently, they collaborate with 100 programs across 16 states, with most of the sites being in...

Container Garden Science & GIVEAWAY

Container Garden Science & GIVEAWAY

Science and gardening go hand in hand. Explore the scientific method with your young gardeners and discover what kind of container gardens are best for growing plants! Our “Container Garden Science Experiment” Garden Activity Pack is the perfect guide.  While...

Black History Month

Black History Month

At KidsGardening, we celebrate Black History Month every February. It honors the legacy of African Americans, their role in shaping U.S. history, and the oppression they endured.  In 1926, Carter G. Woodson established “Negro History Week,” to commemorate the...

GroMoreGood Grassroots Grant

GroMoreGood Grassroots Grant

As the new year begins, we find ourselves itching to get outside and garden. Children and educators are starting to dream about what magic the garden will hold this spring, summer, and fall. Educators are scouring through the new seed catalogs to find the most...

Growing School Food Gardens Project

Growing School Food Gardens Project

The KidsGardening team is thrilled to be a recipient of a 2021 USDA Farm to School Implementation Grant. Our “Growing School Food Gardens” Project will leverage the brand new Kids Garden Community to form a vibrant network devoted to growing school food gardens,...

Quick Pickle Your Garden

Quick Pickle Your Garden

We love cooking garden-grown food with kids! Not only can cooking encourage kids to try something new, it also allows them to have ownership of what they make. Moreover, there are no limits when it comes to cooking or gardening - just endless possibilities. Each meal...

Discovering Through Hydroponics

Discovering Through Hydroponics

KidsGardening is excited to share the launch of a new educator guide - Discovering Through Hydroponics developed in partnership with our amazing partners The National Farm to School Network and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation as part of the GroMoreGood Initiative....

The KidsGardening Shop is Open!

The KidsGardening Shop is Open!

Show your love for gardening by shopping both new and classic KidsGardening swag! This year, we are excited to offer socks, t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and tote bags for sale. Each sale benefits KidsGardening - meaning each purchase will help more kids play, learn, and...

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The header image above is from the Cheyenne River Youth Project, in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. They connect local youth to their Lakota culture and heritage through a diverse array of garden- and food-based programming. What is Indigenous  Peoples’ Day? This day...

Dick & Jane Educational Snacks – Farmers Market Cards

Dick & Jane Educational Snacks – Farmers Market Cards

Garden-based learning is one of the most effective ways to teach kids about local food and where their food comes from. So KidsGardening and Dick & Jane Educational Snacks have partnered to create a set of free educational Farmers Market Cards that can be used in...

Garden With Eggs

Garden With Eggs

We are very egg-cited for our partnership with Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs and to be sharing two Garden Activity Packs for the Summer and Fall!  Our Summer Garden Activity Pack includes activities for: Seed starting in an egg carton Egg carton Mancala Eggshell...

This week: National Children & Youth Garden Symposium, July 7-9

This week: National Children & Youth Garden Symposium, July 7-9

KidsGardening is excited and honored to host the American Horticultural Society’s 29th National Children & Youth Garden Symposium (NCYGS) virtually on our new Kids Garden Community tomorrow through the end of the week. In addition to the Symposium’s 30+ peer-led...

GroPride: Supporting LGBTQ+ youth through gardening

GroPride: Supporting LGBTQ+ youth through gardening

For decades, we’ve seen firsthand how gardens can be inspirational, safe spaces where youth can build community, gain a sense of place and learn skills that will last them a lifetime. We know that gardens are powerful spaces that can bring people together and provide...

Kids Love School Gardens

Kids Love School Gardens

This past April we celebrated Kids Garden Month by asking kids to share what they love about their garden. We had 365 entries in our annual contest and we’re excited to highlight our six school winners, each of whom will receive $500 to fund school garden improvements...

Building a “Fairy Tail” Garden

Building a “Fairy Tail” Garden

Last Thursday, KidsGardening joined folks from the Caring Center in Philadelphia, PA to celebrate the installation of a “Kitty Fairy-Tail Garden” in partnership with DreamWorks Animation and their show Gabby’s Dollhouse. The gathering, which coincided with Earth Day,...

Kids Garden Month is here!

Kids Garden Month is here!

April is here, and our annual celebration of kids in the garden is in full swing! This year, our Kids Garden Month contest asks kids to tell us what they LOVE about their garden. Already, we’ve gotten such amazing entries! Caroline W’s poem about trying new things: I...

Valentine’s Day Cards for Garden Lovers

Valentine’s Day Cards for Garden Lovers

Happy Valentine's Day! To show our love for you, we're sharing three cute Valentine's Day card designs you can download and print for the garden lovers in your life. Click the images below to download your cards!

2020 Gift Guide

2020 Gift Guide

Are you looking for some kids garden gift ideas? We've got them! This year, we’re thinking hands-on. These suggestions are great for all ages - including adults. Garden kits There are lots of great garden kits out there, but you can often save money if you think of...

Celebrate Soils with KidsGardening!

Celebrate Soils with KidsGardening!

How much do you know about the role soil plays in our lives? Wendell Berry says, “soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into...

2021 Gardening Grants

2021 Gardening Grants

A few weeks ago KidsGardening kicked off our 2021 grant season! Given the fact that we provide four different gardening grants for schools or youth programs, each with varied timelines and their own defining features, I wanted to provide a quick overview of each of...

Building Classroom Community through Cuisine

Building Classroom Community through Cuisine

We're excited to welcome Carrie Strohl, the founder and leader at The School Garden Doctor to the KidsGardening blog today! We (virtually) met Carrie at the National Children and Youth Garden Conference this summer, and asked if she'd share a bit about her work with...

Dilly the Swallowtail Caterpillar

Dilly the Swallowtail Caterpillar

"Mommy we have a new pet!" Recently my kids came home from an afternoon at their grandparents' house with a tiny caterpillar. It was called Dilly, as they were found in Gram's dill, and brought to our house because my youngest child was very interested in having a bug...

Caring for Tomatoes, by Emma Biggs

Caring for Tomatoes, by Emma Biggs

When I start my seeds in early spring, I’m full of energy and excitement that has built up over winter. At the end of the season, my excitement is replenished by fresh tomatoes. It’s that time in the middle that I find the hardest. The time when you spend most of your...

At Home Garden Activities

At Home Garden Activities

As you are figuring out educating or entertaining your children in these coming weeks, we want to be a resource for you. We are sharing some of our favorite garden- and nature-based activities and lesson plans. We are focusing on ideas that don’t require many materials, and oftentimes with things that you already have on hand.

The Magic of Greenhouses

The Magic of Greenhouses

Greenhouses bring back fond childhood memories for me.  I can remember going with my Dad to water at the University greenhouses on weekends and loving the humidity, warmth and just the way they smelled.  The lush, green growth was a welcome sight especially when the...

Indoor Garden-Based Activities to Get You Through the Winter

Indoor Garden-Based Activities to Get You Through the Winter

It’s the middle of the winter and for folks in northern climates the gardening season can’t feel further away. Even if you can’t get outside during this cold and snowy season, there are plenty of garden-based activities that you can try out indoors. Below are five fun...

Teaching Kids to Protect Our Pollinators

Teaching Kids to Protect Our Pollinators

This summer at North Wind Day Camp in Canton, New York, 49 curious and intrepid campers, ages 7-12, earned the Pollinator Patch created by Cabot Creamery Cooperative and KidsGardening. The free patch program was developed to help children understand the importance of...

Emma Biggs: Working the Room with Worms

Emma Biggs: Working the Room with Worms

Working the Room with Worms There was a look of surprise on the faces in the audience when I dumped out a tub of worms into my hands and started walking around the room, with my hands out to show everyone. “Do you want to touch it, or hold it?” I asked, holding the...

Cooking with Students

Cooking with Students

As many of you know, I spend half my week with the Burlington School District working with students on an assortment of food-based projects. And during the long Vermont winter, much of my time is dedicated to cooking classes and taste tests. Each month I pick a new...

How a Science Experiment Grew a Garden Movement

How a Science Experiment Grew a Garden Movement

My third-graders’ classroom science experiment grew into a school garden! That’s the short version of the story of how I became a garden educator, and why I have been a regular donor to KidsGardening for over 14 years. My third-grade class and I transplanted our pole...

Digging into Soil

Digging into Soil

A couple of years ago, I shared my top tips for school gardens and one of them was “Invest in Your Soil." This was a lesson I learned through personal experience as the original soil placed in our raised bed gardens was of poor quality and had to be completely...

Growing Kids and Community on an Atlanta Urban Farm and Garden

Growing Kids and Community on an Atlanta Urban Farm and Garden

Nine years ago, Bobby Wilson retired from the University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension. While the norm at this time of your life is to dream of relaxation, staycations and travel, Bobby had a different idea.   He used his retirement funds to purchase a 5-acre...

In the Weeds with Christine

In the Weeds with Christine

Christine Gall, KidsGardening education specialist and hands-on garden educator with students in grades K-12, gives quick, fun previews, sample lessons, and activities (along with the occasional blooper) of the content in some of our favorite KidsGardening curriculum...

Teaching Compassion In The Garden

Teaching Compassion In The Garden

Compassion Flower Project Garden Guide We are thrilled to have partnered with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day to create the Compassion Flower Project Garden Guide, a downloadable guide to help families plant the seeds of compassion with six weeks of simple gardening...

Magic in the Garden with KidsGardening and Gabby’s Dollhouse

Magic in the Garden with KidsGardening and Gabby’s Dollhouse

Feel the magic of the garden! KidsGardening is excited to garden with our friends at Gabby's Dollhouse! Whether or not you have a magical Kitty Fairy to garden with, there are many fun and easy ways to garden at home. Here are a few fun ideas to get started with your...

Kids Garden Community

Kids Garden Community

Join the Kids Garden Community!Connect. Grow. Share. Join a growing community of educators, families, and volunteers bringing the joys of gardening to kids! The Kids Garden Community is a new online community for gardeners like you. From garden ideas to do with your...

Resources for Early Childhood Educators

Resources for Early Childhood Educators

Garden Resources for Early Childhood Educators Gardening engages young children by providing a dynamic environment to observe, discover, experiment, nurture and learn. An adventure for all ages, the garden provides opportunities for young children to build strong...

Fun Garden Activities for Kids!

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