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.

Upcoming Workshops:

Green and Growing Summit

Saturday, May 6 | 8 am-3:30 pm
Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences
3857 W 111th St, Chicago, IL 60655

Chicago Public Schools (CPS), Openlands, Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC), and Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) are coming together to host the inaugural Green and Growing Summit. 

The Green and Growing Summit is a gathering designed to strengthen the connectivity of Chicago’s garden education movement building on the work of the Green Teachers Network and the CPS Garden Educator Cohort. Our goal is to amplify participants’ knowledge of garden, nature, and sustainability education through workshops and networking opportunities. This year’s theme is to “Imagine What’s Possible” when we harness our creativity and envision the abundant future of green and growing schools and communities. Participants will leave the summit feeling supported, energized, and inspired. 

We are currently seeking workshop facilitators. Submit a proposal here.

Peoples Gas is the Principal Sponsor of Building School Gardens.

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