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Are you interested in starting or using a school garden as a year-round learning ground, but don’t know how to get started? Do you need tips for working with groundskeepers and administrators? Would you like to meet like-minded teachers with whom to network and share ideas? Join us for the first of a series of courses connecting you to the soil and to one another.

Spend a delightful day at UBC’s Botanical Gardens:
We’ll spend the morning reviewing the VSB’s new garden education guide, Rooted in Place, that details how to establish and use school gardens as year-round learning grounds to cultivate inquiry. You’ll learn the basics of garden care, connect garden learning to curriculum standards, consider seasonal rhythms of the school garden, and connect to helpful resources and local experts.

After enjoying a long-table lunch together, we’ll spend the afternoon immersed in an active experience in Vancouver’s oldest demonstration Food Garden and Greenheart TreeWalk canopy walkway. Our Sustainable Field School experience promotes teamwork, creativity and fun through activities such as exploring the aerial trail system perched in the canopy of the temperate rainforest and tasting food fresh from the garden. We will explore important themes such as interconnection, communication, collaboration, leadership, innovation and mindfulness through:
• Connecting and networking with like-minded educators
• Experiential learning in our 80 acre outdoor classroom
• Enhancing capacity and skillsets for food garden education with experts

To enrol in the course: http://www2.vsb.bc.ca/vsbprograms/Prod/register.htm?page=workshopdetails&workshopid=2872

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