Alabama Extension Home Grounds Team knows that for a school’s outdoor classroom to be successful it must be grown and maintained correctly. The STEM in the Garden course will train teachers on basic gardening principles, ways to align the Alabama gardening calendar with your school year calendar, and solutions to common problems associated with outdoor classrooms. STEM in the Garden will strengthen your garden knowledge while maximizing your school garden’s STEM teaching capability. This course follows along with Clemson University’s outdoor classroom curriculum, ‘STEM in the Garden,’ which is recommended for purchase to accompany the class.
Sessions are Tues/Thurs, July 14-30, from 6:30-8:30 PM (CST), with two presentations per session.
July 14: Soil and Plant nutrition and Basic Plant Biology
July 16- Water and Irrigation in the Outdoor Classroom and Building and Maintaining Raised Bed Gardens
July 21- Basics of Growing Vegetables and Herbs and Edible Landscape Ideas for School Grounds
July 23- Pollinator Gardening; Insects in the Garden: Good and Bad; AWF Resources
July 28- Lawns and Managing Weeds in the Outdoor Classroom and Composting and Vermicomposting for Schools
July 30 – Plant Propagation in the Classroom and Safe Chemical Use in the Outdoor Classroom
9 CEUs are available with this course (1.5 per session through the AAMU/UAH Regional In-service Center on the PowerSchool platform. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will only be awarded to those who attend the entire session of each webinar in the Series.
Recommended text: The STEM Curriculum and Supplemental Planning Calendar
The Garden STEM: Curriculum for your Garden Classroom
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