UC Master Gardeners of San Mateo & San Francisco
University of California
UC Master Gardeners of San Mateo & San Francisco

School Garden Workshops

Saturday, September 22, 2018 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Woodside Elementary School
3195 Woodside Road,
Woodside, CA 94062

Class size is limited to 25 registrants. Sign up early!
$20 material fee - payment required with registration.
Featured Topics: Pest control, Lesson planning, Good plants for schools, Garden crafts for fund raising

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The UCCE Master Gardeners School Garden Program supports leaders at schools throughout San Mateo and San Francisco Counties and helps you share the benefits of school gardens with children. We offer the following programs:

We offer workshops for those considering new school gardens, as well as those with existing gardens. We teach about plant selection, garden care, curriculum links with the garden and sustainability for your program. 

Site assessment
We can come to your garden site to offer specific advice about plants, pest control, weeds, etc.

Site specific training
We can come to your school site and provide Professional Development for teachers and/or training for parents on ways to use your garden to enhance the curriculum.

For more information, please call us at 650-726-9059 x107 or email smsfmg.schoolgarden@gmail.com and a School Garden Committee member will respond.

Past Workshops

School Garden Leaders Workshops

Held on September 23, 2017

Featured Topics: Curriculum connections, Early education activities in the garden, Great plants to grow at schools, And more!

Held on March 11, 2017

Featured Topics Included: California native plants for schools, California Indian use of plants and lesson planning ideas, Classroom management in the garden, Organizing volunteers and students for garden events

Experiential learning exercise at a prior workshop
Using Your Garden Well - A School Garden Workshop

Held on Saturday, September 10, 2016

Featured Topics Included: Food safety in the garden, infrastructure ideas for school gardens, seed saving, experiential lessons


march 19 2016
What's Growing in Your Garden? Held on Saturday March 19, 2016

Featured Topics Included: Native pollinators, using technology to help your program, environmental curriculum


Held on September 12, 2015

Featured Topics Included: Organizing a sustainable garden program, curriculum samples from an active program in San Carlos, understanding photosynthesis,  holiday crafts from the garden 

HISTORY OF FOODS AND CULTURE on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

Start your Spring Gardening season off with new ideas, fun lesson plans and a chance to connect with other passionate school gardeners.

Featured topics: Curriculum-related migration of foods and cultures, Basic Botany, Weeds, Seasonal Foods.



GROWING OUR COMMON CORE on Saturday, September 27, 2014.

Featured topics: Curriculum Selections, Annual Planting Plan, Poetry Slam, Seeds and Nuts, Plant Give Aways.

Comments about the workshop:  I really enjoyed the workshop; it made me totally relax and decompress after a crazy week.  I made some great contacts, learned about some new resources, and came away with some curriculum ideas that I could actually teach next week!  I've been to more than my fair share of trainings and workshops, and believe me, it's not very often that I can claim all these benefits about one three-hour workshop!  So thanks again for coordinating it and I look forward to seeing you again. (Redwood City)


LEARNING FROM LEAVES on Saturday, October 25, 2014 (canceled)

Featured topics:  Photosynthesis - Green is the new black! Discover new ways to make better sense of the energy cycle of the plant world. Leaf Lessons - Learn about shapes, veins, patterns, and why leaves change colors; participate in a leaf scavenger hunt.  Tree ID Walk - Discover techniques and technologies to identify your school trees. One Bite Taste Tests - Fun and creative ways to have kids sample leafy veggies (includes seedlings for your garden).  Spotlight on School Gardens - Attendees get time to share their own successes and challenges, and encourage each other.


GARDEN GOLD! PUT YOUR SOIL TO WORK FOR YOU on Saturday, April 5, 2014.

Featured topics:  Non-toxic Gopher Abatement, Lively Soil is the Key to Healthy Plants! and Hot and Cold Compost Pile Methods.




Featured topics:  Curriculum Connections - Composting, Worm Bins, and Decomposers, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) - Pesticides and Reading Labels, Seasonal Food - Kale Varieties, and Sensory Gardens - Plans and Activities to spark your senses. 



LEARNING WITH NATIVE PLANTS! on Saturday, October 26, 2013.

Featured topics:  Planting and Care of Natives for School Gardens, Curriculum - California Indian Use of Plants, Games to Make from Native Plants, Seasonal Recipes - Bay Nuts and Herbal Teas, and Seedlings for Schools.



GET YOUR GARDEN GROWING! on Saturday, September 28, 2013.

Featured topics:  Planting Plans - A School Year in the Garden, Curriculum Connection - Colonial Plants and Methods, Growing Volunteers and Parent Involvement, Growing Lavender for Gift Ideas, and Seasonal Food - Apple Harvest and Tree Care.



SOIL AND BED PREPARATION! on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Featured topics:  What to Plant Now for Year-Round Harvest, Soil Preparation Methods, Hands-on Technique Demonstrations, Seed-tape Making Craft for Kids, and Stay for Lunch and Garden Workday!




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