School Garden Initiative

Extension Outreach Center


Launched in 2016, the U​RI Cooperative Extension School Garden Initiative (SGI)​ seeks to harness children’s enthusiasm for the natural world​, foster environmental awareness, ecological literacy and wellness, and bolster students’ understanding of nutrition and food access through outdoor engagement and applied learning in a “living laboratory” – the school garden. URI Extension partners with schools that have or desire a school garden to serve as a platform for applied learning of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) concepts. Through K-12 teacher and student engagement in experiential, standards-based learning in the garden and classroom, learning is maximized. URI Extension staff assist in the development of school-tailored, infused curriculum with memorable hands-on investigation, and teacher training to increase comfort levels with garden-based education.


Our goal is to empower educators to bring educational lessons outdoors to inspire students to engage with the natural environment.  Looking for a way to communicate with other school gardeners? URI maintains a listserv for school gardeners to share best practices!
  • To join the school garden listserv, click here and follow the instructions.
  • To post a message to the school garden listserv, craft an email message with or without attachments and send to:
  • Click here for technical support.
Are you an administrator or teacher with an interest in school gardening? Please contact URI Extension to join us in growing the initiative in RI schools!


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