Garden Based Learning Resources

These resources can be accessed online:

Arizona Cooperative Extension’s Agricultural Literacy Program for Maricopa County—Available on this site are lessons written by Arizona Teachers, activities, and programs.

One notable program is the Project Food, Land and People. This project has produced 55 comprehensive lesson plans which have been aligned with Arizona’s Academic Standards. The lesson plans can be ordered through Project Food, Land, and People ( or found here on the Cooperative Extensions website

Arizona Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom—Curriculum resources and help coordinating farm field trips

California Department of Education Nutrition to Grow On curriculum

Kids Cook Farm-Fresh Foods

California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, All Lesson Plans

WE Garden Resources

California School Garden Network—Gardens for Learning Guidebook, free downloadable pdf

Center for Ecoliteracy

Center for Environmental Education

Classroom Earth: A National Environmental Education Foundation Program—The Classroom Earth Resource Library provides resources to integrate environmental education into K-12 education in the following subject matters: Foreign Languages, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and The Arts

Cooking with Kids Inc—Based in Santa Fe, NM, Cooking with Kids works with public school students and teaches hands-on classes about cooking, nutrition, and food—Full curriculum and free educational materials available

Cornell Garden Based Learning

Eat Think Grow—An organization the provides support and K-5 curriculum for Farm to School programs in the Pacific Northwest

Edible Schoolyard

GardenABCs Lesson Plans and Curricula

George Watts Montessori Edible Garden—Lessons for Classroom and Garden aligned with North Carolina curriuculm standards for Lower and Upper Elementary grades
Lower Elementary
Upper Elementary

Granny’s Garden School—Lesson guides aligned with Ohio curriculum standards

Green Teacher—A magazine that produces environmentally-minded educational resources. Sample activities and lesson plans can be found at
and in Spanish at:

Growing Minds, Farm to School—Applacahian Sustainable Agriculture Project program—Provides database of garden-based curriculum and literature

The Huntington Library—Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA—Garden Lesson plans can be found at

Junior Master Gardener

Kids in Need Foundation Award Winning Classroom Projects—This collection of award winning classroom projects has curriculum available by subject and divided by grade. There are garden-related or garden-based projects in every subject, except for History.

LifeLab An organization dedicated to garden-based education

Life Learning Academy Organic Opportunities curriculum on Gardening and Entrepreneurship, Culinary Arts, and Math/Construction

National Environmental Education Foundation, Environmental Education Week—K-12 School Garden Curricula selected due to alignment with state, national, and/or NAAEE educational standards

Classroom projects

School Garden Activities

Lessons and Activity Ideas index

National Organization Agriculture in the Classroom AITC has provided a number of resources including lesson plans and quizzes about agriculture on their website. Under “Teacher Center,” lesson plans and quizzes (under “Ag-Knowledge” are available

Nature’s Partners, Pollinators, Plants, and You Pollinator curriculum for 3-6

Network for a Healthy California Northcoast Region
Garden-based nutrition education initiative lessons

Harvest of the Month

Nourish A food literacy initiative based in California. Middle School Curriculum guide aligned to national standards for Social Science, Science, Health, and Language Arts—Spanish Handouts available

Outdoor Biology Instructional Strategies Inquiry-based science curriculum

Smithsonian Education Not all of the lesson plans provided by the Smithsonian are garden-based or garden-related, however, you can search for curriculum by subject matter, grade, and Arizona Standards or Arizona Mathematics Common Core Standards.

USDA Food and Nutrion Service
Farm to School Program

Resource Library Grow It, Try It, Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables garden-themed nutrition education

University of Arizona, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics General Biology Lesson Plans

Vermont FEED An organization dedicated to Farm to School food education, based in Vermont Classroom resources can be found at (select “Classroom”)

Wisconsin Department of Health Services—Got Veggies? Garden based nutrition education curriculum created to increase student consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables