Garden & Nature-Based Education


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Ensuring Communities & Nature Thrive

Openlands believes that gardens and nature are a great way to connect people to the world and each other. Our program includes a series of workshops that are offered throughout the calendar year with class and field components. Lessons are taught by local experts focused on maintaining school gardens in an environmentally sustainable manner, teaching climate-focused and environmental justice curricula and tools to engage students and school communities in the natural world.

Held throughout the year, Openlands’ Garden and Nature-Based Education workshops and opportunities are great for teachers and garden teams to network and earn ISBE or CPDU professional developer credits. 

Upcoming Education Events

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School Garden Growth Grants

Openlands provides schools in our network with hands-on support in developing and maintaining their school garden teams or their existing school gardens through grants.

Peoples Gas is the Principal Sponsor of Openlands Garden & Nature-Based Education

Meet Our Expert Staff

Openlands School Garden Coordinator Lupe Escarcega
School Garden Coordinator
Openlands Staff Jessica Fong
Director of Education
Openlands Green Schoolyards Program Manager Danielle Russell
Green Schoolyards Program Manager
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