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global garden

In the fall of 2002, Naples Botanical Garden partnered with Avalon Elementary, Windstar Audubon Committee, and the East Naples community on the beginning stages of the Global Garden. The purpose of the program was to improve student performance while also encouraging family and community involvement, which over the last nine years it has accomplished and expanded upon.

The resulting Global Garden brought members of the community and school together to create an incredible hands-on learning experience for students.

In 2011, the Global Garden project at Avalon Elementary was awarded first place in the Multiple Class Garden category for this year’s University of Florida (UF) Environmental Horticulture Department’s School Garden Competition.

“The Global Garden is an extraordinary place that serves as not only a living and breathing classroom, but that holds the footprints of former students, mentors and supporters of its vision,” said Patricia Thorsen, a teacher at Avalon Elementary. “The garden has provided an education that is priceless to the students and families of this community.”

school garden program – collier greens

portlet_icon_big_leaf.pngSchool 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:

For field trip information, please visit our Teachers and Students page.

Summer Camp

Give your kids the chance to embrace their inner adventurer this coming summer at Naples Botanical Garden’s summer camp!

Kids will have the opportunity to connect with the natural world through art, science, exploration and play. It is the perfect camp for budding scientists, explorers, horticulturists, and chefs.

Learn more about our Summer Camp >>