School Garden Summit 2018 Saskatoon, SK

There is a growing and vibrant school gardening community across Canada, collectively strengthening the relationships students have with agriculture, gardening, their food system and their environment.

School gardens help make learning come alive!

March 2 & 3, 2018

Join us for two days of dynamic learning and sharing at the second annual School Garden Summit in Saskatoon, SK, brought to you by Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan and Little Green Thumbs. Whether you are a beginner or a garden veteran, join us March 2nd & 3rd to learn and share innovative strategies for engaging students through garden-based education.

Tickets now on Sale!

We hate to turn educators away! Our 2017 workshop SOLD OUT of tickets, so register early to ensure your spot. *Early bird tickets available until January 12th, 2018*

Brought to you by Agriculture in the Classroom & Little Green Thumbs

If you are interested in SPONSORSHIP of the School Garden Summit, or helping to sponsor the registration costs for a teacher facing financial difficulty, please see our Sponsorship Opportunities here.

2 days of dynamic speakers, resource sharing and inspiration.
Open to All Educators

Educators attending the 2018 School Garden Summit will be inspired by national and local experts, as well as fellow educators. Participants will learn and share innovative approaches to garden-based, food-literacy, inquiry-based, environmental and agriculture education. We are set to inspire!

Featuring a keynote address by award-winning author, educator and inquiry-based learning expert Tiffany Poirier, a.k.a. the Inquiry Ninja, as well as sharing circles with fellow teachers, lightning talks featuring innovative regional projects and hands-on workshops.

As a bonus, audience members get a free takeaway gift of Tiffany’s eBook: Finding Your Question: Tools, Strategies, and Roadmap.

All meals, snacks and coffee included in Summit admission, as well as Summit swag bag & access to ready-to-use resources.

Learning will include...

Educators across our province are discovering school gardens as a means of improving academic achievement, promoting healthy nutrition, demonstrating the principles of stewardship, and building curiosity, communication and character. School gardens, whether in- or outdoor, offer an incomparable atmosphere for hands-on learning activities that strengthen academic, personal and social skills.

Download the School Garden Summit poster here.

Network with like-minded teachers, garden designers, community leaders and innovative educators.

Need to make the case for attendance?

You know all the great reasons to attend the School Garden Summit. But does your principal understand why they should authorize the travel, underwrite the related costs and encourage your participation?

Here are a few reasons to attend the School Garden Summit 2018:

  • A Summit focus on Inquiry-Based Education, which will include a keynote address by Tiffany Poirier, a.k.a. the Inquiry Ninja, a copy of the Question Toolbox e-book, a break-out session by Tiffany, educator-led sharing sessions on the topic. This will equip you with practical strategies to implement in your classroom.
  • Access ready-to-use resources at the Summit that you can bring back to your school and use immediately
  • 16+ education sessions by local and national experts on topics such as garden-based education, nutrition and food-literacy education, practical garden tips, horticulture therapy, connecting garden and environmental education to curriculum, how to engage the community, best practices for nature-based education and more!
  • Network building opportunities with educators from across the province through discussions, sessions and networking breaks
  • 15+ educator-led sharing sessions to illuminate the work happening across the province, and learn from successes and challenges
  • When you return, you’ll bring a fresh energy and an excitement to your work. You'll influence your colleagues with great ideas and boost the educational experience of your students. Your excitement will come from all the personal interactions, the ideas, the creativity, the enthusiasm, and the expertise you encountered from the educators in attendance.

If your principal needs more persuading, customize this "Dear Principal" letter that acknowledges tight budgets and emphasizes the School Garden Summit as a fantastic return on investment. Also, check out these quotes from last year's attendees.

Early Bird ticket sales end January 12th.

Have a story or idea you'd like to share?

Call for Presentation Proposals

Deadline December 31st, 2017

We are accepting workshop and presentation proposals from individuals, schools and organizations employing garden-based education practices or advancing environmental, agriculture, food literacy and nature-based education. Please press apply and fill out a short survey with your presentation details. We will notify those selected by January 12th, 2017.

There are two presentation formats:

1. BREAKOUT SESSION: Presentation or Workshop Format (60 minutes). This is a lecture style presentation, as an opportunity for sharing/discussion of a certain idea(s) or topic. Hands-on elements are welcome but not required.

2. SHARING CIRCLE: Share the work that you are doing or your knowledge/excitement about a particular idea to a table of participants (20 minutes x 3 sessions). Each presenter will be joined by 10 people at their table during the Sharing Circle session. Each presenter will share their story and idea for 5-10 minutes, followed by questions and 10 minutes of conversation with table participants. This is a fantastic opportunity to share successes, lessons learned, innovative ideas and how you are working in your classroom or community.

Please press APPLY and fill out a short form with information regarding your proposed presentation. Selected presenters will be notified by January 12th, 2018. Presenters will receive a discounted rate when registration opens in December. Some bursaries will be available. Please contact Brit at bmacdonald@aitc.sk.ca with any questions.

Join a community of teachers discovering the magic of school gardens!

Uncover simple strategies to bring garden education to life in your classroom.

Learn what works from experienced teachers and initiatives.

Learn how garden-based education can inspire curiosity, engage diverse learners and deepen food literacy, nature-based & agriculture education.

Thank you to our sponsors

Interested in SPONSORSHIP of the School Garden Summit? The support of our community makes this opportunity possible. Please check out our sponsorship opportunities here.

Visit Agriculture in the Classroom SK

Questions? Please contact Brit at bmacdonald@aitc.sk.ca or 306-850-1342.

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