Archive for the “Professional Development” Category
Request for Proposals to Create County-based Ecologically-Designed Demonstration Gardens
Cornell Garden-based Learning (CGBL) is requesting mini-proposals from county-based Cornell Cooperative Extension programs to establish demonstration gardens in their county utilizing innovative methods of ecological design that may include but is not limited to permaculture, beneficial insects, soil building techniques or rain gardens.
Availability: Grants will only be awarded to CCE county-based programs in or partnering with community horticulture or youth development.
Funding: Applicants must be a CCE county-based office/program and can be (but is not required to be) submitted in collaboration with another county garden project/organization. CGBL will support six gardens, two at $400, and four at $250. Funding may be used for any and all necessary supplies including: plant materials, garden supplies, fencing, raised beds materials and signage. Funding may be used for, but is not limited to, expanding a 2013 Vegetable Variety for Gardeners (VVfG) Trial Garden project.
How will funds be distributed? County programs will purchase supplies, and provide CGBL receipts for reimbursement. Note: Receipts must be submitted with proper paperwork within one year from the date the grant is awarded.
Application deadline and more details >> Be sure to download the FULL PDF here: Small is Beautiful_Final
Question – Contact Liz Falk email@example.com
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Take advantage of free webinars hosted by the USDA People’s Garden. Two more to happen this week, one with CGBL’s Liz Falk presenting. Check it out!
Composting and Compost Use – How, Why and Where - 12/12/2012 12 Noon – 1:00 pm EST
Instructor: Al Rattie – Director, Market Development – US Composting Council
Cary Oshins – Director, Education & Outreach – US Composting Council
Wanna make your own compost? You can produce high quality compost on a small-scale, but it’s important to use quality control standards from start to finish. Learn how you can get started, what to do with what you produce, and the many benefits and uses of compost.
Best Practices in Starting and Sustaining a School Garden - 12/13/2012 12 Noon – 1:00 pm EST
Instructor: Liz Falk – Professional Development Educator, Cornell Garden-Based Learning
Ithaca, New York
We know that garden-based learning increases a child’s likelihood to eat fresh vegetables, can increase a child’s attention span, and foster positive relationships across ages. Learn best practices on how to incorporate gardens into schools, to make garden projects successful and sustainable, and to encourage participation from others in your community.
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How many people in the world secretly dream of becoming an artist? Of capturing the beauty in the natural world all around them, recording its treasures? During the past 6 years, I have had the immense pleasure of teaching the type of lifelong learner who takes this leap, through three sequential botanical illustration courses. Students in these courses, each of which is taught twice annually, have come from all over the world. Pakistan, New Zealand, Australia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Russia, Canada, Germany, the Dominican Republic, and the United States represent some of the wonderfully far flung places from which students draw and paint, and then, scan and submit their work for review, along with their words of reflection.
Many (most?) students have never taken an on-line course. They initially offer a range of responses to Moodle, the interface through which the courses are taught, but all adjust and settle into a routine, immersed in the essential elements of these courses: reading in preparation for a lesson; engaging in a plethora of drawing and painting exercises, depending on the course, which they will scan and upload for feedback; writing reflectively about what they have learned, how they are learning it, and how they are celebrating their learning (or overcoming their challenges!); and talking with one another in a student forum.
There are no ‘lectures.’ Students can be in any time zone, working at their own pace, through the weekly lessons, for a period of about 6 ½ weeks.
Interested in learning more? Click on these links to find out more about Botanical Illustration 1: Basic Drawing Techniques, Botanical Illustration 2: Working with Watercolor, and Botanical Illustration 3: Advanced Techniques.
Participants receive a certificate of completion from Cornell’s Office of Continuing Education. Participants who take all three courses also receive a certificate of completion from the Department of Horticulture.
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The next Take Root! Training for Garden Educators is taking place this Saturday at 12 noon at the Steinway Library in Queens. Topics to include Intro to Permaculture, Season Extension and Capacity Building. A few spots still left. More info visit http://www.queenslibrary.org/event/take-roots-garden-educator-training & www.gardening.cornell.edu/takeroot.
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CGBL September Newsletter –
In 2012, Cornell Garden-based Learning revived a Cooperative Extension tradition of focusing on a yearly theme to promote educational resources statewide. With the theme of “Soil & Compost”… See entire newsletter
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The summer cohort of botanical illustration courses is already coming to a close.
Nearly 40 hard working students have produced images in graphite and ink, as well as in media ranging from color pencil and pen, to watercolor, charcoal and chalk, and pastel. Witness these beautiful renderings by Jodi Robison!
Registration will be live in December for a January course run with limited enrollment. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the list to notify.
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On-line Garden-Based Learning courses for the Fall
The following horticulture 6 week distance learning courses will be offered this fall for school, community-based educators, or volunteers who want to enhance their garden-based learning program. For each of these courses, participants earning a cumulative outstanding or satisfactory grade will be awarded 3 Cornell University Continuing Education Units and a certificate of participation.
Planning and Organizing Sustainable Gardening Programs – Starts Sept. 4.
Looking to start a school or community-based garden program, but do not know where to begin? This course focuses on the foundations and benefits of garden-based learning, and provides the tools, resources, and collaborative support needed to plan, organize and develop a successful and sustainable gardening program that fits your organization’s needs.
Teaching and Learning in the School Garden – Starts Oct. 8.
Focusing on the foundations, benefits, and teaching strategies of garden-based learning (GBL), participants will build a toolbox of resources for developing a school gardening program that meets cross-curricular needs. Case study, research, and GBL resources are evaluated through group discussion, learning activities, and reflective journals. Educational theory will be put into practice using real-world tools, through collaboration, practicum, small and whole group discussion, lesson plan assignments, and the final portfolio project.
Find out more about these and other distance learning courses offered by the Department of Horticulture at our distance learning site.
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Back by popular demand, we will offer a session of our on-line Introduction to Garden Design course this summer.
We are fortunate to have Melinda (Mindy) Appold, a landscape architect with 15 years of experience in the field, currently a graduate student at Cornell, teaching the course this summer. You may want to enroll to take advantage of her considerable experience and passion for teaching!
The course will be offered June 11 – July 28, an ideal time of year to engage in this study. As with all our courses, it will integrate readings, exercises you do on your own, reflective writing, and participation in a lively forum with others. You take it on your own time, in your own location.
You’ll find the online course page and syllabus here.
To help make your experience and transition to working with the interface an easy one, you’ll need:
- A recent version of an internet browser, such as Firefox or Internet Explorer.
- Acrobat reader, so that you can read pdfs.
- A good, working scanner, which you will use to scan your work, save it in jpg or pdf format, and upload to the interface.
Hope you join us!
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Cornell Garden-Based Learning will again offer our suite of three botanical illustration courses on-line this June. This web-based instruction is highly supportive and individually directed, and can be taken from any location in the world with internet access. Botanical Illustration (BT) 1: Basic Drawing Techniques is aimed at the beginner who is getting started with drawing, or returning to it after many years. BT 2: Working with Watercolor is for the beginning watercolor painter, and BT3: Advanced Technique is ideal for the student who is ready to commit to going further with proficiency, technique, media, and portfolio development. Courses last for just 6 1/2 weeks, and are $500 per course; our course fee will increase in 2013. You can receive a certificate of participation from Cornell University’s Office of Continuing Education for each course. Students who complete all three courses receive a certificate of completion from the Department of Horticulture.
If you have never taken an on-line course before, this could be ideal for you. Individualized instruction, reflective writing, and the opportunity to converse with others in a forum are our signature elements.
You will need: a recent version of an internet browser, such as Firefox or Internet Explorer; Acrobat reader, so that you can read pdf’s; a good, working scanner, which you will use to scan your work, save it in jpg or pdf format, and upload to the interface.
To learn more about how to enroll, please visit the Department of Horticulture distance learning website, at Cornell University.
We hope you join us, and look forward to ‘meeting’ you on-line!
For other course related questions, please contact Marcia Eames-Sheavly, email@example.com
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Do your new year’s goals include learning new skills about gardening or garden programs? Perhaps you hope to expand a garden project you’re working on or start a new one? Here’s 4 unique ways you can ‘Delve in 2012′ with Cornell Garden-based Learning and get those resolutions started…
Two exciting distance learning opportunities:
1. Planning and Organizing Sustainable Gardening Programs for Children, Youth, Adults and Communities
2. Teaching and Learning in the School Garden: Theory Into Practice
And, two other great opportunities for educators in NY State:
3. Take Root! A Training for Garden Educators
4. Winter Professional Development Trainings for CCE Staff & Volunteers
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