Project Learning Garden

Captain Planet Foundation

The Captain Planet Foundation developed and runs the Project Learning Garden programme successfully in 10 states and over 340 schools in the USA. It has been designed as a garden ‘start-up’ programme, with the aim of encouraging schools to use a garden as an extension of the indoor classroom. All parts of the programme are linked to an element of the National Curriculum. Schools with existing gardens that need re-invigorating or are currently only used for extra-curricular activities could also benefit from involvement with Project Learning Garden, to support the use of the garden during the school day.

Additionally, Project Learning Garden gives students an opportunity to engage in physical activity outdoors, learn about natural systems and to take part in taste tests and cooking demonstrations using the harvest from the garden.

The aim of the programme is to support more teachers to teach outside more often, so that students have more opportunities to work in the school garden as part of their school education. Ultimately, this project promotes environmental responsibility and will help children to develop a palate for fresh fruit and vegetables, setting them up to make healthier choices later in life.

To participate, schools need to make a commitment to:

  • Send up to 6 members of staff to one Project Learning Garden training day (typically one per year group)
  • Set up a growing area with resources provided through the grant
  • Use the ideas and activities provided to support the use of the school garden as an instructional space for delivering the school curriculum
  • Involving parent and community volunteers to help maintain the garden in the holidays
  • Keep in touch and tell us how they are getting on

In return, schools will receive a ‘starter’ package of support including:

  • 5 Raised beds
  • Garden tools
  • Outdoor learning resources
  • Fully equipped mobile cooking cart
  • Up to 6 places on a CPD training session for teachers and other school professionals
  • Curriculum linked resources (link to existing US resources, UK resources to be published soon)
  • Email/telephone support

Seeds of Change is funding this project for up to 30 schools in London so there is no cost to schools. The approximate value is £2500. A Project Learning Garden requires 18m2 (200 square feet) with enough sunlight for growing veg, preferably in sun.

Interested schools can complete this short application form (please make sure you choose the Garden Organic – Captain Planet Foundation Gardens in London application link, further down the page). This document will help to take you through the application process.

For more information please contact: projectlearninggarden@gardenorganic.org.uk or call 02476 217 747.