What is Project Green Teacher?

Project Green Teacher is a school garden educational program for afterschool personnel, educators and others who are engaged in, or would like to learn more about gardening as a context for learning.

Grow your knowledge

Change your life and change the lives of the youth in your care through gardening. This three day series will increase your knowledge base, introduce you to resource personnel, offer networking opportunities, and increase your confidence as a garden educator. Research shows that gardening with youth has significant impacts, including better test scores, increased love of learning, greater nutrition awareness, and more. Help make educational gardening a solid part of the culture in central Ohio by learning best practices in gardening education as well as ways to educate, engage, and mentor others. Together we can grow school garden education in Ohio. 

Project Green Teacher is a program facilitated by Ohio State University 4-H personnel in Franklin County, in collaboration with the Central Ohio School Garden Advisory Committee comprised of area partners. This series is open to educators, afterschool personnel, and others in Central Ohio who would like to know more about school gardening.

The next Project Green Teacher Workshop will be held in June 2019. This is a three-day series, near the Ohio State University campus, is open to educators and others who would like to learn how to garden with children in school, afterschool and other settings. Some of the topics to be covered include site selection, sustainability, soil testing, a history of plant-based foods, behavior management in the garden, bees and native pollinators, garden specific activities such as mulching, composting and amending; integrated pest management, soil testing, growing vegetables, volunteer management, engaging stakeholders, hydroponics and aquaponics, the farm to school program and more. There is an opportunity to earn up to 22 contact hours, as well.