Favorite WSGN Resources

Teaching in Nature's Classroom 

In Teaching in Nature's Classroom: Core Principles of Garden-Based Education, Nathan Larson shares a philosophy of teaching in the garden. Rooted in years of experience and supported by research, Larson presents fifteen guiding principles of garden-based education. These principles and best practices are illustrated through engaging stories from the field. The book also features a collection of vivid paintings by mural artist Becky Redelings and connections to the research literature provided by Alex Wells and Sam Dennis of the University of Wisconsin Environmental Design Lab. 

We are excited to be able to offer copies of Teaching in Nature's Classroom free of charge! Visit the book website to receive a free copy.

This publication was supported through a partnership between Community GroundWorks and the Environmental Design Lab at UW-Madison. Funding for this project was provided by the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.



Download your free Teaching in Nature's Classroom poster here!





Growing Healthy Children is a toolkit for garden-based nutrition education! This at-a-glance guide includes activity cards with nutrition lessons and resources for your classroom, cafeteria, or in the garden itself. Activities are supported by research from the field and success stories from Wisconsin schools. Growing Healthy Children was co-written by WSGI, the Oneida County Health Department, Northwoods LEAN, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. 


Got Dirt? and Got Veggies? are classics, developed right in Wisconsin. "Got Dirt?" walks you through all the steps to plan and build a school garden, and provides example activities for garden programming. "Got Veggies?" extends this garden curricula, focusing on nutrition education and cooking activities. Both are free to download, or you can order a paper copy.


Cultivating Childhood Wellness through Gardening is a free online training for K-12 teachers, early childcare professionals, and community educators. Topics cover garden planning, activities, and curricula. The entire training takes about 90 minutes, but can be viewed in separate chapters. Early childhood educators and some after-school program staff can earn 1.5 CEUs through The Registry.



The Wisconsin School Gardens Map helps garden educators find each other. This interactive map allows you to locate gardens by geographic area and type of school. You can also view contact information for school garden coordinators. Make sure to add your school garden to the map if it's not already there! 



Wisconsin School Garden Briefs focus on specific topics of interest for Wisconsin garden educators. These two-page documents provide insight, examples, resources, and links to learn more. WSGN maintains a small online library of briefs with topics ranging from school wellness policies to garden to cafeteria programs to school orchards. We continue to add to our collection - send us ideas for topics you'd like to see on the list!


Finally, check out the Wisconsin Farm to School Resource Catalogue and Nutrition Programs ToolkitOur Farm to School friends have a wonderful list of resources, so many of which are relevant to school gardens. Enjoy!