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Environmental and Sustainability Education

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

North American Native Plant Society

Ontario EcoSchools

Ontario Society for Environmental Education (OSEE)

Pollinator Partnership

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.

Johnson, L., & Colla, S. (2021, April 19). We're in a biodiversity crisis. what we plant and how we alter landscapes matter. 

Johnson, L., & Colla, S. (n.d.). A Flower Patch for the Rusty-Patched Bumblebee: Creating Habitat Gardens for Native Pollinators in the Greater Toronto Area. Friends of the Earth Canada. 

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.

Stokes, D. Stokes, L. (1979). Stokes guide to Nature in Winter. Little Brown and Co.

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

Websites and other resources

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

CanPlant - native plants nursery

City Farmer – School Gardens

Children's book read aloud about nature's 'messes' - "Tidy", by Emily Gravett

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

Four seasons of Wildlife Gardening Guide

The Gardener Magazine

GreenHeart Education

How to grow a Three-sisters garden - CBC

In the Zone

Leaf Learning Garden

National Gardening Association

Ontario Native Plant Gardeners Facebook Group

Practical tips on how to cultivate a native plants garden - Leslie Nelson Inman’s Facebook page

Pollinator Partnership

School Garden Weekly

Sit Spots and Observation activity

Winter Gardening activities