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Gardening with Kids Basics

On-Demand • Online • 4 PD Hours

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This Gardening with Kids course covers how the basics on getting started and giving young children hands-on experiences in the garden.


All Head Start/Early Head Start programs work to create community, encourage healthy habits, and teach children and families new skills. A garden is the perfect way to meet all three of those objectives! Garden Basics, a course offered in partnership with The Scotts-Miracle Gro Foundation and KidsGardening through the GroMoreGood Initiative, gives early educators interested in bringing gardening to their programs with a basic understanding of how to get started, including guidance on seeking funding to support their project. Come join other ‘green thumb Head Start staff’ on this fun, engaging journey!

Course Level: Beginner

Requirements/Prerequisites: None

Target Audience: Instruction and Effective Practice, Parents and Families, Support Services

Course Meeting Times: None

Completion Timeline/Duration: One month

Head Start Alignment: Gardening can support young children’s learning across various Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) learning domains, including:

  • Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development
  • Language and Communication
  • Cognition
  • Approaches to Learning
  • Social and Emotional Development
Course Outline

Course Author

Sarah Pounders

Sarah Pounders

While working toward her master’s degree in Horticultural Sciences at Texas A&M University, Sarah Pounders served as a school garden coordinator and conducted research on the benefits of using school garden programs to teach nutrition. She went on to work at various botanical gardens and for Cooperative Extension in Virginia and Texas. Since 2005, Sarah has been an education specialist at KidsGardening, coordinating numerous children’s gardens and writing curricula and activities for youth of all ages. Sarah enjoys gardening at home with her two children and serves as the volunteer garden coordinator at her son’s elementary school.

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  • Online, Self-paced Content
  • 4 Hours of Course Material
  • Video Content
  • 3 Months of Access to Online Course
  • Discussion Forums
  • Digital Badge
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 24/7 Access to Transcript


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