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  • Program Tools: Find tools to help start, expand and reflect on your program. Want to highlight the benefits of garden-based learning for your funding proposal or to rally community support? Are you looking for ways to integrate more youth leadership into your program? Or are you looking for some quick grab and go evaluation activities to measure the effectiveness of your program?


  • Lessons: Our garden-based activities are appropriate for one afternoon, a six week project, or can be incorporated into a longer program.  Most are designed for grades 2-8, but can be easily adapted for other ages. Formats vary from one pagers to full length publications.


  • Citizen Science: Citizen Science is an exciting partnership between the public and professional scientists.  An opportunity for you and your students to conduct meaningful research, citizen science answers real-world questions with the help of observations and other data from your garden, schoolyard, and community.


About Cornell Garden-Based Learning

Marcia Eames-Sheavly
Children and Youth Program Leader, Senior Extension Associate, Senior Lecturer, Cornell University Center for Teaching Excellence Teaching Scholar, Engaged Learning and Research Faculty Fellow, Kaplan Family Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Service-Learning

Lori J. Brewer
Adult and Family Education Program Leader, Senior Extension Associate

Fiona Doherty
Cornell Garden-Based Learning Program Assistant

Our mission is to provide educators with inspiring, research-based gardening resources and professional development to support engaging, empowering, and relevant learning experiences for children, youth, adults, and communities.

We are part of the School of Integrative Plant Science and Cooperative Extension at Cornell University.

Our work encompasses programs, activities, and
projects in which the garden is the foundation for integrated learning and discovery across disciplines, through active and engaging real-world experiences.  We are committed to the value of gardening with young people—balancing principles of youth development with garden-based content.Homepagecrowd

We provide professional development support for New York State residents engaged in mentoring, training, teaching, or other forms of education about gardening, through regional and state-wide in-services and workshops.  We also work nationally and internationally through symposia, conferences, and cultural exchanges.

We develop activities, programs, publications, and other educational materials, as well as share general garden information.  We pilot test, evaluate, and reflect on all of our materials prior to making them accessible for free on our website.

We partner with faculty and staff in other departments at Cornell, Cornell Cooperative Extension educators and volunteers (including Master Gardener Volunteers) in county associations, and with other organizations throughout the United States and internationally.

At the heart of what we do is a foundation of research-based knowledge.

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