Education and Garden Workshops

Openlands believes that school and community gardens are a great way to connect people to nature. 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.

Held throughout the year at Building School Gardens schools, these workshops give teachers and garden team members tools that help them to maintain the garden and to use the schoolyard as a part of class lessons, and it provides garden teams with a networking opportunity.

Nature Play 101

April 21, 2021 04:00 PM

Have you heard about nature play? Do you want to learn more about it? Join specialists from Chicago Park District and Neighborspace to learn more about the benefits of spontaneous, self-guided play with elements of nature that can be manipulated and moved. Nature play has a beneficial impact on children’s health, attention, and stress levels. Learn more about the benefits of this play compared to just playing on a built playground. This will be the first in a series of Nature Play workshops. CPDU will be provided.


Connecting to Nature through Habitats at Home and School

May 26, 2021 04:00 PM

Wildlife needs stewards – old and young. Learn how to inspire a love for nature and environmental responsibility by teaching your students about ecology and bird and pollinator-friendly habitats. By participating in this workshop, you will gain outdoor activities and ecological craft projects that can be shared in your virtual classroom that can also be applied to your school’s schoolyard and/or your students’ homes. CPDU will be provided.


Peoples Gas

Peoples Gas is the Principal Sponsor of Building School Gardens.

For more information please contact schools@openlands.org. Learn more about Building School Gardens and Space to Grow.