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Designing, Creating, and Teaching in Schoolyard Gardens
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

This Web Seminar took place on February 8, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Tamberly Conway and Mike Hill of the USDA Forest Service and Martin Bomar of the USDA Farm Services Agency. In this Seminar, the presenters gave an overview of school yard gardens and talked about specific projects they have been involved in and how participants can begin projects at their schools.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

This program was designed to encourage educators to start a school yard garden. The presenter talked about the benefits to school children and the school community as well as how the activities provided by a garden can be linked to state and national standards. Tamberly Conway shared information about the Pollinator Live website and the many resources for both school yard gardens as well as lesson plans and information about pollinators.

One hundred and eleven (111) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. Two participants attended the Web Seminar from locations outside the United States: Canada and Japan.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I'm a designer and educator, so appreciated Mike's perspective on design as well as curriculum info.”
  • “I obtained a ton of information from fellow participants as well as the presenters.”
  • “Helped me to brainstorm ideas for non-formal education with local organizations for creating pollinator gardens.”
  • “I am in a doctoral program in Early Childhood Science Education, focusing on using food and cooking skills to help children learn science and develop healthy eating habits. This was very informative in starting a garden to incorporate more content areas.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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