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School Gardening for SC Educators (June 2, 2024)

Jun 2, 2024 - Jul 8, 2024

$95 Enroll

Full course description

Course Description:

School Gardening for SC Educators is a six-week online program from Clemson Cooperative Extension Horticulture and 4-H Youth Development agents. The goal of this course is to help educators, parents, administrators, and other caring adults learn to garden successfully with students. Participants will learn the basic horticulture skills necessary to start and maintain their school garden. Licensed educators who successfully complete the course will receive twenty (20) renewal credits from the South Carolina Department of Education.

In addition to the online course, your registration includes the following:

  • The Seasonal Planting Guide for South Carolina School and Community Gardens,
  • The Garden STEM Curriculum for Your Garden Classroom (K-8),
  • and virtual workshop supplies including grade-level specific lessons and materials.

After registering for the course, please log in and complete the Participant Information Form so that your materials can be mailed to you. The course will begin on June 2, 2024, and end on July 31, 2024.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Develop a school garden plan using techniques like site analysis and seasonal planting,
  • Identify necessary conditions to grow healthy, safe, and nutritious vegetables year-round,
  • and discuss resources and techniques to integrate gardening in a school curriculum or youth program.

Course Topics:

This course includes six modules:  

  • Module 1: Small Gardens, Big Ideas
  • Module 2: Healthy Soil and Raised Bed Gardening
  • Module 3: What's Growing On? Vegetable Gardening Basics
  • Module 4: Food Safety and Integrated Pest Management
  • Module 5: Developing Community Resources
  • Module 6: Work Composting Virtual Workshop and Resource Round-Up

Course Requirements:

To successfully complete the course, you will need to complete all module quizzes with a score of 80%. You will also need to submit all module discussions and earn a score of "complete" on these assignments. All activities must be submitted by the final date of the course on July 31, 2024.

Technical Requirements:

To participate fully in this course, you will need:

  • An active email address for the individual participating in the course.
  • A desktop computer or laptop (recommended): Canvas is available on mobile devices, but some content may appear differently.
  • Access to a high-speed internet connection.
  • A web browser compatible with Canvas: Chrome and Firefox are recommended. 
  • Headphones or speakers (closed captioning also available).
  • Computer skills including Internet browsing, using email, typing, downloading files, and basic troubleshooting.

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