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Dear Green Schoolyard Enthusiasts,

Spring has sprung, and we are gearing up for a busy season ahead. Our team is expanding to include an Administrative Coordinator, which will allow us to better support all SFUSD school communities in actualizing their outdoor classrooms. Last month, in partnership with 18 Reasons, we launched our new Cooking the Common Core workshops with a wonderful group of educators who rolled and cut pasta by hand and served up delicious Vietnamese salad rolls in the Sanchez Elementary green schoolyard. The next training in the series on March 16th is sold out, but we will offer one more in April and hope to bring this back soon so more can participate.

We hope to see many of you at our three-part series on weather and climate, At Home in San Francisco, in April, and ask you to mark your calendars for our next biannual meeting on May 1st.

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Happy greening, from all of us at SFGSA!


Cooking the Common Core: Bringing Educational Standards to Life in the School Garden
March 16 (SOLD OUT) and April 6, 9am-3:30pm

These stand-alone workshops are designed to give 4th and 5th grade teachers and garden coordinators all of the skills and tools they need to offer engaging, standards-based cooking lessons for students in the outdoor classroom.

$50 per teacher per session

At Home in San Francisco: Cultivating a Sense of Place
April 5, 12, 19: 4-7pm

San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance and the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society invite SFUSD teachers, parents, and green schoolyard coordinators to this three-part follow-up to Ecology of the School Garden. Instructor Annette Huddle, the Botanical Garden's Youth Education Director, will focus on the unique weather and climate here in San Francisco and the history of local habitats. The training will include standards-based lessons to help instill in students a deep affection for the unique natural history of our city.

All classes will begin outside in the Botanical Garden, followed by a light dinner and discussion indoors.

$35/whole series
$30/educator teams

SFUSD Gardens Biannual Meeting
Tuesday, May 1st


ECOSF Weekend Work Party
The School Farm at SOTA
Saturday, March 10, 12-4pm

All skill levels and abilities are welcome, even for moral support and comic relief. We will provide some water and maybe a snack, and plenty of well worn gloves, but If you'd like, bring some more refreshments to share or your favorite personal protective equipment.


SFUSD Summer Ecoliteracy Institute for K-2 Teachers
June 4-8

Presented by Sustainable SFUSD, the SF Botanical Garden Society, San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance, California Academy of Sciences, the Lawrence Hall of Science, and Bay Area Science Project, this week-long training for K-2 teachers offers an interdisciplinary immersion in ecoliteracy principles. Participants will gain the tools to fully integrate the green schoolyard with the State Common Core and Science Standards. Priority registration goes to teams of three or more teachers from the same school. Participating teachers will receive a $900 stipend, light breakfast and lunch each day, bus funds, and priority for seasonal field trips at local, environmental community partners.

Taking Math Outdoors
4-6pm, Sanchez Elementary School

This training will help teachers prepare for the approaching April CST math tests. Learn how the green schoolyard can bring abstract math concepts to life.

March 13: K-3 Teachers
March 20: 4-5 Teachers

Light snacks will be served, and teachers will be compensated for their time with the approved UESF SFUSD salary rate.

Contact for more information.

Taking FOSS Outdoors
4-6pm, Sanchez Elementary School

This grade level-specific workshop will bring teachers outdoors into the green schoolyard for scientific inquiry based on FOSS lessons. Participants will receive two hours of extended pay, and make and take tools and lessons. Light refreshments will be provided.

March 7: K-1 Teachers (Animals 2x2, Wood & Paper, Plants & Animals)
March 14: 2-3 Teachers (Insects & Plants, Balance & Motion, Structures of Life)
March 21: 4-5 Teachers (Solid Earth, Water Planet)

Contact for more information.

Upcoming Events at 18 Reasons

Saturday, March 10th 3-5:30pm
Tending the Hive: Beekeeping 101
$25 member price/ $35 general admission

A bee keeping basics class with master apiarist Robert MacKimmie, the tender of the Bi-Rite hives.

Wednesday, March 14th, 7-9PM, Ticketed
Film Screening: DIVE
$10 for 18 Reasons members; $12 for the general public; $8 for students

Waste not, want not. Learn why at this screening and conversation with food activist and DIVE educator Rachel Horn.

Schoolyard Habitat Workshop
March 10, salmon Creek School, Occidental

This workshop will provide information on how to create a successful habitat garden at your school and how to use it as a classroom tool. We will also provide information on applying for funding through the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Schoolyard Habitat Program. The minimum garden area is 1000 square feet. Lunch in included.

Upcoming Classes at the Garden for the Environment

Garden for the Environment maintains a nationally acclaimed one-acre urban demonstration garden and offers environmental education programs about organic gardening, urban compost systems and sustainable food systems. Since its founding in 1990, the garden has operated as a demonstration site for small-scale urban ecological food production, organic gardening and low water-use landscaping.

March 3, Urban Composting

March 3, Basics of Organic Fruit Tree Care

March 3, Grafting Heirloom Apples Trees

March 10, Grow Your Own Food

March 17, Intro to Permaculture

April 28, CITY CHICKENS! And Ducks Too!

Upcoming Classes at Hayes Valley Farm

Hayes Valley Farm offers a complete curriculum of workshops, classes, courses and tours guided by Urban Permaculture.

Introduction to Urban Permaculture Design
Sunday, Mar 4 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Understanding the Honey Bee Colony
Saturday, Mar 10 @ 9:30 am -12:30 pm

Essentials of Urban Permaculture Design
Sunday, Mar 11 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Patterns in Nature: Observation, Bird Language and Urban Tracking
Sunday, Mar 18 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Intuitive Nutrition: Observation and Sensory Awareness
Sunday, Mar 25 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Designing with Water in Urban Permaculture
Sunday, Apr 1 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Deeper Dive: Urban Gardener at Hayes Valley Farm
Sunday, Apr 1 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Designing Your Spring Garden, Glide Memorial Church
Sunday, March 4, 1-3pm (Potluck 3-4pm)

This seasonally inspired urban agriculture workshop, on designing your spring garden, will be taught by local permaculture designer and edible landscape specialist, Nik Dyer of Purple Carrot.

This workshop will begin at 1pm and run for two hours, wrapping up around 3pm. We will have a potluck lunch following the workshop, and all are welcome to bring some delicious fare to share! [Potluck 3p-4p]

Spring 2012 Educator Workshops at Life Lab

Supporting English Learners in Science
March 10, 9am-3:30pm

The Growing Classroom: Introduction to Garden-Based Learning
March 22-23, 9am-3:30pm

Plant It, Grow It, Eat It: Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education
March 30, 9am-3pm

Science Inquiry in the Garden
May 17, 9am-3pm

Sowing the seeds of Wonder: Discovering the Garden in Early Childhood Education
May 19, 9am-3pm

OAEC 2012 Summer School Garden Teacher Training Sessions
June 11-15 or July 9-13

The core of OAEC’s Program is a five-day residential summer training which offers an array of skills and techniques focused on the instructional school garden, and its integration into multiple subject areas using experiential learning. Through a combination of lecture, resource materials and hands-on sessions we teach participants organic gardening, permaculture, nutrition, garden design, team building, fundraising, art in the garden, and more.

Garden-Based Learning: Teacher's Training
March 31, San Luis Obispo

This workshop through the UC Master Gardener program offers ideas for connecting school gardens to classroom instruction.

NatureBridge Golden Gate Free Teacher Professional Development

Our Changing Climate
April 21
Learn to teach basic climate science and how to empower your students to take action. Practice teaching the carbon cycle, investigate “garbology,” and develop simple student action projects. Content is focused on grades 5–8.

The Edible Schoolyard Academy
June 24-27

This training program is designed to support emerging and established garden and kitchen programs nationwide. Led by Edible Schoolyard staff and guest presenters, the Academy provides a three-day immersion in the practices and philosophy of the Edible Schoolyard.

Outdoor Recreation Leadership Training
May 1-3, San Luis Reservoir

This exciting training focuses on the role of outdoor recreation in developing leadership skills.

Forestry Institute for Teachers

The Forestry Institute for Teachers (FIT) is a multi-day residence workshop held at 4 northern California locations. The goal of FIT is to provide K-12 teachers with knowledge, skills and tools to effectively teach their students about forest ecology and forest resource management practices.

Teacher Institute on Science and Sustainability

Each year, a select group of 3rd — 5th grade teachers will embark on a two-year program to become leading educators of science and sustainability. The program will include in-depth workshops at the California Academy of Sciences — the greenest museum in the world — as well as exciting visits to organic farms, green buildings, scientific institutions, and more. Program topics include climate change, energy use, and food and water choices.

Participants will receive a $2000 annual stipend, a free membership to the Academy, and can earn three graduate level credits per year from San Francisco State University. Teachers are supported with classroom-ready activities and mentoring, and will have access to Academy educational resources for the duration of the program.

NYU Steinhardt Clinically Rich Integrated Science Program

Responding to the urgent need for science teachers in classrooms throughout New York State and around the country, NYU Steinhardt has launched a new one-year, full-time teacher residency master’s degree program for prospective teachers of biology, chemistry, and physics in grades 7-12. We are offering a generous $30,000 scholarship and $20,000 living stipend to all students, and additional financial support is available.

International Environmental Institute
Center for Critical Environmental and Global Literacy (CCEGL)
April-July, East Bay and Mexico

The Center for Critical Environmental & Global Literacy (CCEGL) Institute focuses on Food Justice & Sovereignty, Climate Disruption, Water Rights, Indigenous Communities, Cultural and Linguistic Autonomy, Consumption and Critical Literacy and seeks to deepen participant awareness of local and global environmental & educational challenges. Interviewing participants NOW to begin mid-April. (10 Cal State units optional)

Creating a Schoolyard Habitat/Outdoor Classroom
September 10-14, Alaska

This course develops schoolyard habitat/outdoor classroom technical consultants that can assist schools at the local level in areas such as
project design, plant selection, construction, maintenance, curriculum connections, student instruction, etc.


Dig In! Food & Garden Conference
March 19, New York

There is something for everyone at Dig In! Participants may include school staff & parents; business owners & employees; community leaders & residents; and health & food-focused professionals. If you grow, prepare, market, eat, compost, educate or set policy about food, this event is for YOU!

California Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education Conference
April 13-15, Malibu

60+ environmental education workshops - Enjoy a keynote address, entertainment, job fair, networking! Registration includes the conference, 5 meals and lodging or camping.

Registration: Early Bird $150, Regular $175, Walk-in $215
Day use rates also available.

Green California Summit and Exposition
April 26-27, Sacramento

Find out everything you want to know about California’s outstanding K-12 Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) Curriculum at a special EEI-focused “Green Curriculum Institute” day at this 2-day Summit. There is a 10 percent discount for EEI friends when you register online with the code “EEI".

Slow Food San Francisco Childhood Obesity Bay Area Conference
May 19, San Francisco

For more information, please contact

Digging In! 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
August 2-5, Burlington, VT

Submit a proposal by March 7th.

North American Association for Environmental Education Conference
October 10-13, Oakland

After 15 years, NAAEE will once again be in California at the Oakland Convention Center, and you can play a part in making it happen! Committees
will start meeting in January to plan the sessions and field trips. Stay tuned for the call for presenters!


SFUSD Sustainability Projects Internship

The San Francisco Unified School District has been implementing sustainability initiatives in schools across the city. Upcoming projects include A) Piloting a reusable school lunch tray program, B) Implementing and writing grants for green cleaning programs, C)Managing a utility reduction program that incentives schools to save energy, D) Tracking diversion rates and expanding the SFUSD waste mgmt program, E) Running school trainings to encourage walking/biking and carpooling.

School Garden Program Director, Occidental Arts & Ecology Center

The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC) is seeking a new School Garden Program Director. OAEC is a non-profit educational institute working in the areas of ecology, watershed restoration, horticulture, the arts, and social justice activism. OAEC is located on an 80-acre retreat facility and intentional community, 65 miles north of San Francisco in western Sonoma County, California.

Summer Internship, Urban Sprouts
San Francisco

The Summer Garden Intern will assist Urban Sprouts’ staff to: prepare and implement our summer intensive program, maintain our four school gardens over the summer break, and support the 24 parents and students participating in our Health and Nutrition Outreach Team.
Community Organizer, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
San Francisco

The Community Organizer is responsible for organizing residents, coordinating TNDC’s efforts to address the needs of low-income residents, and coordinating TNDC’s efforts to make our neighborhoods better places to live through resident leadership development, building coalitions, and focusing on critical community issues. Specifically, the Community Organizer will be focusing on organizing TNDC’s resident base around starting urban gardens in TNDC buildings, creating systems of food production in TNDC buildings, and organizing residents around other food justice related issues. This is an exempt 32 hours per week position.

Farm-to-School Supervisor, Oakland Unified School District

Oakland Unified School District Nutrition Services is hiring a Farm-to-School Supervisor to further develop its local produce procurement systems and centrally manage Oakland Fresh School Produce Markets, a network of 22 weekly community produce markets operated by parents on public school campuses.

Principal Administrative Analyst, SFPUC

Under the management of the Director of Community Benefits and Social Responsibility, the Environmental Justice and Land Use Analyst will coordinate a range of projects that advance the SFPUC’s environmental
justice and land use priorities.

Public Programming Intern, SPUR

SPUR is seeking a Public Programming Intern to work closely with the Public Programming Manager in overseeing SPUR’s forums, walking tours and exhibitions. This position will require a flexible candidate comfortable in performing a multitude of tasks. This intern will be expected to engage with SPUR board members, policy staff, and guest lecturers. Internships at SPUR are unpaid. However interns will enjoy SPUR membership benefits, including free admission to all forums and tours, and a one-year subscription to SPUR’s monthly publication, the Urbanist.

Internships at Hidden Villa, Los Altos Hills

Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization that uses its organic farm, wilderness, and community to teach and provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice.

Public Programs Intern

Environmental Education Intern

Interns, Youth Garden Project
Moab, UT

YGP has a series of spring, summer, and fall educational internships that support the Garden agriculturally and the Garden's youth and community programs. Positions include Garden Intern, Garden Classroom Educator, and Summer Camp Instructor Intern. These positions offer unique educational opportunities that get individuals involved with the garden and the Moab community.

School Garden Coordinator, Washington Youth Garden

The School Garden Coordinator will be responsible for school garden planning, organizing and program delivery at two schools in northeast DC. He/she will report directly to the WYG Education Coordinator.

Youth Program Director, Wasatch Community Gardens
Salt Lake City, UT

The program director will create and oversee the organization’s youth programs, collaborate with community partners, and plan and execute all aspects of youth garden management. This is a key staff position, requiring someone who is flexible, collaborative, able to work independently, loves to work with people, exhibits strong leadership, and is passionate about growing food and teaching youth of all ages and backgrounds to do so.


Bright Ideas Grants for Schools
Deadline: March 20

PG&E recognizes that public schools are facing hard economic times. This is why the company has expanded its Bright Ideas Grant Program to include new categories that will provide additional learning opportunities for students and teachers while creating energy and money saving programs for school campuses throughout northern and central California.

TogetherGreen Grant
Deadline: April 2

The TogetherGreen Innovation Grants fund projects involved in conservation and engage diverse groups using innovative approaches.

American Honda Foundation
Deadline: May 1

Helps meet the needs of American society in the areas of youth and scientific education by awarding grants to nonprofits, while strategically assisting communities in deriving long-term benefits. Grants range from $20,000-$60,000.

California Native Garden Foundation

Each year CNGF makes grants to K-12 schools, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education. Grant amounts are limited to $1,000 for in-kind assisistance, $500 in direct cash assistance, and $5,000 for design services.



The Compost Giveaway is a pilot program offered in partnership with Garden For the Environment, SF Environment, REcology and SF Unified School District. It is a response to SFUAA, the Peak Oil Task force, and requests made to SF Environment that the community of San Francisco would like to have more opportunities to access the compost produced from the municipal composting program. The Compost Giveaway Program will be a pilot program running from January - March 2012, or until the compost runs out! During this pilot program, we will evaluate the demand for this resource and determine the required needs to operate this service for San Francisco resident’s long term!

Days: Wednesdays, 11-2pm
Hours: Saturdays, 11-2pm
Location: Lot adjacent to Garden For the Environment, 7th Ave & Lawton St.
What to Bring: Your own 5-gallon bucket! We are asking folks to, for now, only take what you need and no more than a 5-gallon bucket or smaller!

Book: Lettuce Introduce You: Poems About Food by Laura Purdie Salas

Poems in various forms celebrate everything from watermelon to Brussels sprouts. ISBN 978-1-4296-1703-1

Celebrate California’s Arbor Week
March 7-14, 2012

For more information about how to celebrate and to help children in Grades 3-5 participate in a poster contest, check this website Also available is a free kit that includes lesson plans and the contest rules. You can download the guide/contest directly here:

Book: Science in the Garden

This has 23 hands-on, inquiry-based activities for K-8 teachers to use during the winter to help their students understand the needs of plants and how they grow in preparation for their spring garden. The activities complement the National Standards curriculum requirements. They are inquiry-based, hands-on easy to implement activities for students.

Tree Frog Treks

By taking students out of the conventional classroom and bringing them into contact with the nature in their own back yard, Tree Frog Treks endeavors to help students develop better retention skills and a new-found enthusiasm for learning.

Outdoor Biology Instructional Strategies

(OBIS) was developed in the 1970s at the Lawrence Hall of Science to help adults (teachers, parents, community leaders) take young people outdoors to experience ecological principles in their local area. The 97 OBIS activities, which increase environmental awareness, can be used individually or in combination. These simple experiences then act as a gateway for children and adults to explore and understand their local environment.

NEW “Walk in the Forest” Guide

The helpful guide was recently revised with help of several state PLT programs, the American For-
est Foundation’s Tree Farm Committee and the Society of American Foresters. If you are planning
to take a group of children to the “woods”, whether it is in a rural forest setting or an urban
space, this guide can help you plan your event.

Free Screening for Schools: CAFETERIA MAN

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

San Francisco Film Society Cinema
1746 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
MUNI: 2, 3, 22, 38, & 38L

Follow Tony Geraci, a charismatic chef from New Orleans, on his passionate and tenacious journey to kick-start school lunch reform serving 83,000 students in Baltimore’s public schools. **This is a FREE event but please RSVP as space is limited.**

To register student groups please contact Elise DuFour at 415-609-4359 or with “SF Green Film Festival/Schools” in the subject line.

This film is recommended for grades 6-12.

Just One Tree

Just One Tree is a project to encourage San Franciscans to plant one fruit tree to demonstrate that even the second densest city in the US can move toward greater local food self-sufficiency. 

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