Teaching a child to grow a plant involves much more than learning basic horticulture.
In addition to garden design and maintenance, children will learn about plant biology, harvesting techniques and safe produce handling. They will develop an awareness of plant ecology, the effects of weather on plants, and how to work as part of a team with a common goal. And they’ll have a feeling of self- confidence and personal satisfaction when harvesting their first tomato or see a sunflower open from a seed that they planted.
The Master Gardeners of San Luis Obispo County wants to help foster these important life lessons by offering a workshop to assist school teachers, parents and others with con necting their school garden to classroom instruction.
The workshop is open to all teachers, school staff, parents and volunteers who work with children at a school-based garden. Each attendee will receive a curriculum binder with lesson plans that incorporate California’s instructional standards.
The garden-based learning workshop will be held at the school garden plot in the Gar den of the Seven Sisters in San Luis Obispo. The Garden of the Seven Sisters has 18 different themed gardens, including one designed specifically to demonstrate a school garden.
The workshop – from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday – will be at 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo. It includes garden snacks. The fee is $25 per person to help cover the cost of workshop materials. Register at http://ucanr.org/gardenbasedlearning . For more in formation, contact Maria Murrietta at (805)781-5946 or http://ucanr.org/sites/mgslo.
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Contact the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners at 781-5939 on Mondays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m. in San Luis Obispo; at 473-7190 from 10 a.m. to noon in Arroyo Grande; or at 434-4105 on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon in Templeton. Visit the UCCE Master Gardeners Web site at http://groups.ucanr.org/slomg or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.