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New Cornell Distance Learning Course, "Planning a Successful School & Community Garden Program" For Extension Educators, MGV, K-12 Teachers and 4-H!

We are looking for educators and MGV to take an online course that teaches the benefits of garden-based learning, and through successful completion of course learning activities, provides the steps in building a portfolio and toolbox of program planning, lesson plans, deliverables, and strategies for program sustainability. Students will need to allocate approximately 5-8 hours a week on course assignments.



Registration Page($675 - Group rates provided for teams of teachers, Extension educators and partners):


Course Description

This 6-week course (7.5 weeks including the introductory week and a break week) focuses on the foundations and benefits of garden-based learning, and provides the tools, resources, and collaborative support needed to plan, organize and develop a successful and sustainable gardening program that fits your organization’s needs. 


Using a logic model approach to program development, this course is perfect for educators, program staff, volunteers, volunteer coordinators or anyone wanting to develop a community garden, school garden, or garden-based learning program for youth, adults, or people with disabilities in their local community, school, Cooperative Extension, or after-school program.

The course is non-credit, and we present a certificate of completion to all those who participate in the whole course. 


Upon completion of the course, participants will:

  • Understand the foundations of garden-based learning and its benefits.

  • Explore and identify available resources, case studies, research, and successful school and community-based garden programs.

  • Utilize logic models to identify program inputs, activities, and desired outcomes.

  • Use real world tools to practice and develop a garden-based learning program in alignment with program needs.

  • Build a toolbox of resources and portfolio of program planning, deliverables, and strategies for sustainability.

  • Utilize strategies to organize a community of volunteers and identify leadership.


Please reach out to Donna Cooke (, who will be leading the course, with questions.

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