Great Programs For Your School
Use These Resources To Enhance Your School Garden Curriculum
Audubon publishes several Classroom Resource Manuals with Hands-On
Keep Austin Beautiful is empowering and supporting schools, neighborhood groups and local businesses in efforts to beautify their communities and restore habitats. Promoting environmental stewardship through presentations, hands-on activities and service learning projects.
Classroom Feeder Watch
Great program run by Cornell University that allows classrooms
to participate in ongoing research. Includes curriculum ideas and
correlations to National Science Education Standards.
Double Digging/Garden Installations
The Green Corn Project is a grassroots, volunteer-run organization dedicated to helping Central Texans grow their own organic vegetables by installing organic food gardens for elderly, low-income, and disabled community members as well as for elementary schools, community centers, and shelters in underserved areas of Austin. We turn unused land into garden beds that provide food, education, and a sense of accomplishment and pride for all involved in their creation and maintenance.
Exploring Native Plants
The LBH Wildflower Center publishes Exploring Native Plants,
a 4-level curriculum for elementary students which can be used
to supplement visits to the Center or as a stand-alone in the
Gardening for Wildlife
National Wildlife Federation inspires Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future. They offer Green Hour, Gardening for Wildlife and and Play and Observe Outside.
Great Explorations in Math and Science
GEMS develops and publishes over 70 science and math teacher
guides, offers specialized workshops, and maintains an international
support network. Developed by Lawrence Hall of Science, UC
Grow Local Program (Sustainable Food Center)
Sustainable Food Center’s Grow Local Program offers classes about basic organic gardening, composting, and seed saving, as well as Teaching the Garden teacher trainings and School Garden Mentor volunteer trainings. Grow Local also provides comprehensive information about planning, building, and using school gardens in The School Farm activity guide. In addition, Grow Local can provide seeds, transplants, and compost for your garden through the Spread the Harvest project, and can match a School Garden Mentor to your school to help with your garden.
Junior Master Gardeners
The international youth gardening program of the University
Extension network with partnerships with Texas AgriLife
Extension Service and the Texas A&M University System. Correlated
to Texas TEKS, JMG's many curricula serves children in elementary
and middle school grades.
Free online program through which classrooms can track the
spring migration of various animal species. Students share their
information with other classrooms across the hemisphere and work directly
KIDzANTS Fire Ant Curriculum for Youth
https://agrilifebookstore.org (search for "KIDZ")
This kit contains materials for school teachers, county agents and 4-H leaders to use in teaching children about red imported fire ants. It includes a Leader Guide and Student Fun Book, which have six lessons, plus a poster set, a game spinner, a matching card set and a fire ant model kit.
Retail Price: $35.00
LBJ Wildflower Center
The Wildflower Center provides instructors with materials to use both in the classroom and in the field.
Site has a great deal of information related to teaching about
Monarchs in the classroom. By tagging Monarchs, students can track
the migration of the butterfly from Mexico to Canada.
Project Learning Tree
Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program
developed by the American Forest Foundation designed for teachers, parents
and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12. Curriculum
guides, terrific teacher training, and excellent funding opportunities.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department sponsors Project WILD - an environmental
and conservation education program emphasizing awareness, appreciation
and understanding of wildlife and natural resources from Preschool through
the 12th grade. It is interdisciplinary and can be used to teach basic
skills in science, social studies, language arts, math, art, music and
Sprouting Healthy Kids (Sustainable Food Center)
Through their Sprouting Healthy Kids Farm-to-School and Food-Systems Education Project, Sustainable Food Center works with schools and community partners to incorporate fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables into school cafeterias and coordinates in-class and after-school lessons and activities. Students learn about healthy food and food systems through hands-on gardening and cooking activities, classroom lessons, school visits by local farmers, veggie sampling, and farm field trips. Each partner school has a school garden that is used extensively for after-school activities and can be utilized for in-class lessons, as well.
Sustainable School Campuses
UpLift Austin provides a day program in local high schools that pairs students with professionals from the community. In each program, students design and implement projects to promote an environmentally sustainable campus.
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
The TCEQ has published Lesson Plans for K-12 Students to promote awareness of environmental sciences through simple activities.
School Field Trip Ideas
Austin Farmers Markets
Saturday 9 am - 1 pm,
4th and Guadalupe - Downtown
Wednesday 3 pm - 7 pm,
46th and Lamar - The Triangle
Austin Nature and Science Center
301 Nature Center Drive,
Phone: (512) 327-8181
Boggy Creek Farm
A USDA-Certified-Organic Urban Market Farm
3414 Lyons Road, Austin
Green Gate Farms
8310 Canoga Ave, Austin
Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory
2210 South FM 973,
Monthly Fieldtrip Coordinator
LBJ Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Avenue,
Information: (512) 232-0100
LCRA-Wilkerson Center for Colorado River Education
The education center is open to the public to learn about the river and why it’s important to conserve and protect it as our water supply.
3601 Lake Austin Blvd,
To book a student tour, contact 512-498-1587
Nature Rocks Austin - Lets Go Explore
Where is the nearest nature that would allow your child to experience the wonder and joy of the natural world? Search here to find parks, greenspaces and other places to explore and enjoy nature near you – from neighborhood parks to wilderness preserves.
Weekday tours for organized groups and school children are $4 per person. Teachers are admitted free for organized weekday tours.
24814 Hamilton Pool Road
Round Mountain, Texas 78663
Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin