Coming April 2022

Growing School Gardens Summit
A Gathering to Inform, Inspire and Invigorate the School Garden Movement

Grand Hyatt Denver ~ Denver, Colorado

Created by the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation in Collaboration with Life Lab,
and the School Garden Support Organization Network

Join Us for the Growing School Gardens Summit

Join 400 school garden leaders and educators from across the country at the inaugural Growing School Gardens Summit in Denver to elevate the national school garden movement so that we can create vibrant school gardens for ALL children in the United States. As the first-ever national summit entirely focused on school gardening, this gathering will unite garden and nutrition educators, and organizations interested in collective action to promote sustainable school gardens. Created by the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation in collaboration with Life Lab and support from the School Garden Support Organization Network, the summit will provide attendees with new knowledge, technical skills, and resources, along with a feeling of being welcomed, nurtured and inspired.

Pollinating a Thriving School Garden Community

Inspired by the words of Jane Wei-Skillern, we aim “to build constellations not stars” in the school garden movement. Through this national gathering, we will cross-pollinate each other’s work with peer-to-peer networking, best-practice sharing, and resources to grow and sustain the school garden movement.

Key Areas We Will Explore

  • Teaching in the Garden – Curriculum & Instruction Models
  • School Gardens for Student Wellness & Nutrition Education
  • Assessing & Sharing Program Impacts
  • School Garden Maintenance and Design
  • Resilient Program Models – Sustaining & Institutionalizing School Gardens
  • Professional Development – Training Garden Educators
  • Connecting to Communities Beyond the School Garden Gates
  • Collective Action to Advance the School Garden Movement
Denver Skyline
Hosted in downtown Denver, the Summit is nestled in a community home to more than 200 school and community gardens. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore local gardens and experience a taste of Denver with farm to table meals featuring locally sourced produce.
Pinnacle Room
As people who value nature, community and connectedness, the Summit location on the top floor of the Grand Hyatt Denver will provide scenic views of the mountains, and a warm, open environment conducive to networking, creativity and empowerment.
Talking Healthy Eating
Together, attendees will learn the power of “being networked” and how to leverage and work collaboratively with other organizations to inform the school garden movement at the local, regional and national level.

The Growing School Gardens Summit is supported by the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation. Additional sponsorship opportunities to be announced.

Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation