The School Gardeners' Southwest Desert Almanac

A Garden-Based Science Teaching Network

Launched February 5-7, 2020

Explore how educators from 5 southwestern states with cold & warm deserts are advancing an ecoregion almanac for garden-based science teaching.

Join us at the virtual NAAEE conference!

Conference participants and case authors from The School Gardeners' Southwest Desert Almanac will present a hands-on demonstration session and a poster that "bookend" the virtual NAAEE conference on October 5-16, 2020.

Lessons from the School Gardeners’ Southwest Desert Almanac

Friday, October 16, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Eileen Merritt (Presenter) Virginia Polytechnic and State UniversityRob McGehee (Presenter) Program Manager, Sustainability Teachers' Academy, Arizona State UniversityHazel Wolfe (Presenter) ZDIGStacy Evans (Presenter) Tucson Unified School DistrictAlexander Peterson (Presenter)Amy Flores (Presenter) Tucson Unified School DistrictMark Reynolds (Presenter) Tucson Unified S.D.Sallie Marston (Presenter) University of ArizonaMolly Cashion (Presenter) Program Manager, Arizona State University / Sustainability Teachers' AcademySteve Zuiker (Presenter) Arizona State UniversityMoses Thompson (Contributor) Associate Director, UA Community and School Garden Program

Gardening by Design: Understanding and Enhancing Garden-Based Teaching in Schools

Monday, October 5

Steve Zuiker (Presenter) Arizona State UniversityAmanda Riske (Contributor) Arizona State UniversitySallie Marston (Contributor) University of ArizonaMichelle Jordan (Contributor) Mary Lou Fulton Teachers CollegeWendy Wakefield (Contributor) Arizona State UniversityAndrea Weinberg (Contributor) Assistant Professor, Arizona State UniversityMoses Thompson (Contributor) Associate Director, UA Community and School Garden Program

Coming Soon: Our Hands-On Video

Also Coming Soon: Our Poster Video

Check out the 2020 STEM for All Video Showcase

From May 5-12, #STEMvideohall is hosting a free, interactive, week-long event featuring videos from over 170 federally funded projects, including our very own School Gardeners' Southwest Desert Almanac. Check out the showcase or dive right in to our project video.

What is the School Gardeners’ Southwest Desert Almanac?

The School Gardeners’ Southwest Desert Almanac a network of educators concentrating on the common opportunities and challenges related to garden-based science teaching in one US ecoregion: the southwest warm and cold deserts. With generous support from National Science Foundation, the almanac educator network is exploring how an ecoregional approach to garden-based science teaching (GBST).

This website provides a platform for supporting, sustaining, and spreading garden-based science teaching across the ecoregion in four ways. An ecoregion network of teachers, researchers, and wide-ranging professionals are collaboratively curating resources specific to the region on a variety of topics; producing case studies of GBST, writing papers that characterize opportunities and challenges of GBST for practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and designers, and mapping out underlying patterns and principles that cut across GBST ecoregion programs.

Using the idea of an almanac as both process for and product of networked learning, an ecoregion approach seeks to establish a democratic foundation for equity and excellence in science education.

The southwest desert ecoregion educator network concentrates on cold and warm deserts in the United States, which encompass one of several North American ecoregions defined in this US EPA ecoregion map.

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