LifeCycles Growing Schools Program makes gardening with an entire class easy! We deliver fun, hands-on workshops that are linked to curriculum and developed through 20 years of work with elementary school teachers. Our experienced team of educators supply workshop materials, extending further resources, and the LifeCycles’ School Garden Guide. 


To register or learn more about our elementary school programs, contact: shereen@lifecyclesproject.ca

 

PROGRAM PACKAGES & PRICES

We offer 3 workshops per day so that we can engage multiple classes during each school visit. Team up with other teachers in your school and choose from our selection of workshops.  Workshops are typically 1.5 hrs in length but can be customized to suit your schedule.

 

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WORKSHOP POSTER!

ALL SEASON WORKSHOPS

 
 

Eat your Microgreens

Growing microgreens is as easy as 1-2-3. This workshop offers fun, action-based learning around plant cycles, nutrition, & small-scale gardening. Students will be introduced to superfoods & learn how to grow them in the classroom. This session includes sampling different greens, planting, & making sprout heads.

 

Wild about Native Pollinators

Students will be buzzing with excitement in this interactive workshop on the fascinating lives of native pollinators. Join us as we teach about co-adaptation of pollinators & plants, & how humans impact pollinator habitat. We will explore why native pollinators are vital to our ecosystems through skits, games, & making pollinator habitat.

 

Herb Friends: Tale of Healing Plants

This workshop offers students a sensorial exploration of healing plants & the power of teas to support wellness. Together we will dive into the interesting life of healing herbs, how they impact health, & different cultural uses of these fascinating plants. Students will taste a selection of herbal teas & make their own herbal mix.

 

SPRING & SUMMER WORKSHOPS

 

Wake up Sleepy Seeds

Investigate the wonder of seeds that grow our food in this indoor planting session! Engage in hands-on activities on topics around seed diversity, germination, and human dependency on plants. Students will apply their learning by mixing their own growing medium & starting a variety of seedlings in the classroom to be later transplanted in their school garden.

  • Offered in March and April

     

Ready. Set. Grow

Dig into urban agriculture by learning how to grow food on your schoolyard! We take classes outside & get planting! Students are provided with practical skills on how to plant outdoors & care for their garden. Our skilled garden educators will mentor students through stations – from amending soil – transplanting starts – to garden care 101.  

  • Offered in April and May

     

Celebrate the Harvest

“Lettuce” celebrate the end-of-school with a salad celebration. By harvesting, preparing, & eating a rainbow salad, students have an opportunity to learn how food arrives on our plate & health benefits of colourful garden produce. In small groups, students will be guided through harvest techniques & basic food prep skills to make a community meal.  

 

FALL WORKSHOPS 


The Wondrous and Magical Nature of Seeds

Students will explore the fascinating world of seeds, learning about the lifecycle, biodiversity, and harvesting practices of seeds in this region. This workshop offers children the hands-on opportunity to save seeds for spring planting, as well as learn cross-cultural seed stories and how to preserve local seeds for the future

  • Offered in September

     

All About APPLES!

Celebrate the local apple harvest in this delicious educational session on our favourite fruit. Students will use their senses to explore the web of relationships between globally and locally produced food, as well as the interdependence between human communities and cultivated fruit trees. With the support of LifeCycles’ Fruit Tree Project, we will connect your class with unique backyard heritage apples for taste-test activities and interactive games.  

  • Offered in September and October

     

Putting the Garden to Rest

In this experiential workshop, students will collaborate to replenish the soil and prepare their school gardens for winter. Students will learn about seasonal changes and the interdependence of soil, plants and human communities within their unique bioregion. Through exploratory games and practical garden skill-building, students will investigate the superpower status of mulch and land stewardship practices!

  • Offered in October and November

     

GRANTS & FUNDING SOURCES

 

Farm to School BC 

Farm to Cafeteria Canada 

Whole Kids Foundation 

TD Friends of the Environment Fund 

Evergreen Learning Grounds Grants 

Parent Advisory Councils can provide funds to support Growing Schools program and school garden development.  

Slegg Lumber, Lumber World, Castle Building Supplies
Write a letter on your school’s 
letterhead to ask for donations of tools and materials.

Lee Valley offers discounts for schools to purchase tools and garden supplies.
Email them with your request at: CustomerService@leevalley.com

West Coast Seeds offers donations of seed packages for school gardens and classroom projects.

Local Banks and Credit Unions often have community funds to help make your project happen. You just need to ask or look at available grants.

Victoria Foundation has a thorough list of other funding sources on their website.

 

To register or learn more about our elementary school programs, contact: shereen@lifecyclesproject.ca