Middle school teachers, staff, students, volunteers and administrators across California are interested in establishing and sustaining instructional gardens. To build on the work that has been done at the elementary school level, the California Department of Education and the UC Davis Children's Garden Program created the following Best Practices in Middle School Gardens.

Each school story provides a glimpse into the ways garden programs can be structured and the myriad rich opportunities they offer. They show the wealth of experience of teachers and garden coordinators who have worked with youth in hands-on settings. From them, we can see how instructional gardens support

  • California State Content Standard
  • Environmental Education
  • Service Learning
  • Culinary Arts
  • Community Partnerships
  • …and more