School & Youth Gardens
The UCCE Orange County Master Gardeners are active with schools, churches and Boys & Girls Clubs in our community. We have established a group of volunteers who have been trained to assist local educators in their efforts to implement a school garden.
We are passionate about “propagating” the next generation of home gardeners and opening the eyes of children to the experience of agriculture, the taste of foods that provide a healthier lifestyle and their responsibility for environmental stewardship.
We offer visits to our Youth Garden Demonstration Center located at the University of California ANR South Coast Research and Extension Center in Irvine. We can plan activities for both children and adults for an outdoor classroom experience or to gain ideas on starting a garden for young people.
More information in this flyer: YouthGardenFlyerJan2023
CA Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom
The School Garden Support Network
The SGSO Network is a national open peer-to-peer learning network with the goal of growing, sustaining and elevating a movement of equitable garden-based education.
They provide professional & leadership development, resources, and platforms to connect for members serving at a school, district, regional, state, or national level.
When to Plant Guide - A handy chart depicting, by month, the optimal times to plant many vegetables in our Southern California climate.
Kids Cook Farm-Fresh Food – the California Department of Education’s webpage that offers several links focusing on sustainable, environment conscious gardening for Grades 2-7.
Nutrition to Grow On - 9 lesson plans for teachers that focus on how growing a garden can encourage a student’s academic capabilities in all subjects in the classroom. These lesson plans are geared more for elementary school students.
Garden Education Resources - download this document which contains links to websites listed above plus to the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, high school level composting curriculum, sources for free seeds and much more.
Coloring books that can be printed out:
Questions and Requests for information or help - Youth Gardens
We provide free on-site consultations for sites in Orange County. The following "survey" can be used to request a consultation at your youth or school garden by a Master Gardener. Please give the name of site and the city location in the comments section to help facilitate finding a volunteer.
Complete the fields below and include your question or comments regarding school gardens. Thank you.