school garden program – collier greens
School gardens offer so many benefits to teachers and students. As outdoor classrooms providing alternative learning, school gardens increase educational equity, giving both struggling and gifted children opportunities to excel. Gardens give children access to the outdoors and a connection to nature and are linked to improved academic achievement.
Creating a useful school garden takes good planning and work and the Naples Botanical Garden Collier Greens program was created to provide educators with tips, trainings and technical support to ease your ‘growing pains’. Join the Collier Greens school garden network to meet others involved in school gardens to share ideas, failures and successes and receive a manual on growing school gardens in Collier County.
While we cannot grow and maintain your garden, participating in Collier Greens can help you in all other aspects of school gardening such as funding partnerships, planning, trouble-shooting and plant selection.
Through the program you can also participate in our seed library. The seed library allows you access to free seeds of vegetable, butterfly and native plants.
If your school is ready to join the team, contact our Education Department by calling 239-325-1356 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.