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Environmental and Sustainability Education

Learning Garden Links

These websites are a wealth of information on community and school-based learning gardens: 

U of T - Dig In!  Campus Agricultural Network

BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation

BC Ministry of Education – Environmental Concepts in the Classroom

California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

California School Garden Network

The Center for Ecoliteracy

City Farmer – School Gardens

Cornell Garden-Based Learning

Ecoschools – Edible Gardens and Mini Farms

Evergreen – The Learning Grounds Guide for Schools

Evergreen – Design Ideas for the Outdoor Classroom: Dig It, Plant It, Build It, Paint It!

Evergreen – Getting Started Resource List

Evergreen – Grounds for Learning: Stories and Insights from Six Canadian School Ground Naturalization Initiatives

Evergreen – Stewards and Storytellers: The Greening of British Columbia School Grounds

Evergreen – Patterns through the Seasons: A Year of School Food Garden Activities

GreenHeart Education

National Gardening Association

Ontario EcoSchools

School Garden Weekly


Learning Garden Resources

What follows is a collection of resources to help others find information on the educational garden movement.  Resources related to specific gardens at OISE can be found on each garden's webpage.


Center for Ecoliteracy



Green Thumbs Growing Kids


Life Lab

Ontario EcoSchools

Ontario Society for Environmental Education (OSEE)

School Garden Network (Canada)

Sustain Ontario

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

WWF Canada Green Community School Grants

Print Resources

Blair, D. (2009). The child in the garden: An evaluative review of the benefits of school gardening. Journal of Environmental Education, 40(2), 15-38.

Bucklin-Sporer A., & Pringle, R. K. (2010). How to grow a school garden: A complete guide for parents and teachers. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press

Campbell, H. (2013).  Landscape and Child Development: A Guide for Early Years-Kindergarten Play-Learning Environments. TDSb and Evergreen

Gaylie, V. (2009). The learning garden: Ecology, teaching, and transformation. New York: Peter Lang. 

Gaylie, V. (2011). Roots and research in urban school gardens. New York: Peter Lang.

Grant, T., & Littlejohn, G. (Eds.). (2001). Greening school grounds: Creating habitats for learning. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers.

Johnson, L. (2010). City farmer: adventures in urban food growing. Greystone Books Ltd.

Leslie, C. W., & Roth, C. E. (2000). Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World around You. Storey Books, 210 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247.

Nelson, E. (2012). Cultivating outdoor classrooms: Designing and implementing child-centered learning environments. St. Paul, Minnesota: RedLeaf Press.

O’Brien, D. (Ed.). (2010). Gardening - Philosophy for everyone: Cultivating wisdom. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Berlinic, K.  School Community Gardens: School Ground Greening

Groso, P. & Crewe, J. Project Greenhorn: Community Gardening 

Sellmer, J. C. (2010). Bringing nature home: how native plants sustain wildlife in our gardens. HortTechnology, 20(1), 257-257.

Thorp, L. (2006). The pull of the earth: Participatory ethnography in the school garden. Lanham, MD: Altamira.

Williams, D. R., & Brown, J. D. (2012). Learning gardens and sustainability education: Bringing life to schools and schools to life. New York: Routledge