The perfect beginning for any gardening program. Engage youth in planning, designing, and implementing their own garden. Help foster a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment, build science skills, and cultivate the mind through diverse learning experiences. Curricular and material support is made available while supplies last. See program and registration information below. 

For Teachers

Supported Curricular Resources

Purdue Gardening: Leader's Guide PDF

  • The Purdue Gardening Curriculum is for grades 3-12 and is broken down into four different skill levels. 
    • Level A: See Them Sprout - Ages 10-11
    • Level B: Let's Get Growing - Ages 12-13
    • Level C: Take Your Pick - Ages 14-16
    • Level D: Growing Profits - Ages 17-18

Key Concepts

  • Agriculture
  • Biological Science
  • Civic Engagement
  • Community Service
  • Cultural Competency
  • Environment
  • Food Advocacy
  • Foods & Nutrition
  • Healthy Living
  • Plant Science

For Youth Grades 5-12; In School and After School Programs

Youth will ...

  • Plan, design, and implement their own garden or food education project
  • Gain practical skills with a variety of growing methods and technologies
  • Identify opportunities for community service 
  • Strengthen their understanding of where their food comes from through hands-on learning

The program activities delivered will depend on the audience you are trying to reach and whether or not you have access to a garden location. To receive consideration for funding of curriculum and materials, we ask that you plan on delivering a minimum of six educational sessions. 

Our colleagues at U of I Extension have created a network of educators around Illinois who can be a great resource for you as you're considering starting your own garden. Learn more about their programs below. 

Small Farms Local Foods Program
Horticulture Program

SNAP-ED Program