Friday, September 18, 2009
Silver Bells, And Cockle Shells
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Every school in the county should have a garden. It's a great educational tool, and there are tons of grants available. It can even get the cafeteria staff involved in something educational.
It's also a chance for the school system to work with DeKalb Co. The county is looking to start a big community garden program. In Decatur, a school and the parks & rec. dept. share a garden. A school garden program is something DeKalb schools should have done long agon considering the amount of administrators they have.
2009 Georgia Outdoor Classroom Symposium Registration is Open
Please save the date for Georgia's 13th annual Outdoor Classroom Symposium to be held Friday, October 30, 2009 at Chase Street Elementary School in Athens, GA! This year’s theme of "Growing Fertile Minds" will feature sessions on how to create specific types of school gardens, how to start farm-to-school programs, and how to use your school grounds to enhance cross-curricular learning. The always popular "make and take" classes and post-symposium workshops will also be offered. Other highlights will include informative exhibits prepared by program providers and outdoor classroom experts, a local farm-fresh lunch, presentation of the Outdoor Classroom Service Award, and endless opportunities for networking and inspiration!
Enter the outdoor classroom photography contest for a chance to win free registration. Educators may choose to earn one Professional Learning Unit (1 PLU) by also participating in a post-symposium workshop, Endangered Plant Species Network or Digging Deeper: Farm to School, at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens on Saturday, October 31.
Registration is now open! - Complete Details / Register
Register by September 30 to receive the earlybird discount!
The Outdoor Classroom Council (OCC) is an initiative of the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia (EEA) and is comprised of a coalition of organizations and individuals who share an interest in the design, development, maintenance, use, and longevity of outdoor classrooms. OCC serves teachers, parents, principals, and community volunteers by coordinating Georgia's annual Outdoor Classroom Symposium and providing resource information at www.eealliance.org.
More info. on school gardens available at:
Feel free to share how your own schools work to beautify the grounds or special programs you have to teach children about tending and respecting the earth. Great ideas are always welcome!