Green Our Planet’s myriad events bring hands-on learning to life for teachers and students.

Teachers learn how to integrate garden-based, experiential STEM learning into their classrooms through our popular teacher trainings and by attending sessions at our Annual School Garden Conference, while  students can get real-life experience at our famous Giant Student Farmers Markets, where 500-700 students from more than 50 schools sell their school-garden-grown produce to the public.

Teacher Training

Just because you’re a teacher doesn’t mean you naturally feel comfortable teaching experientially in a school garden or that you are a STEM expert. Our online teacher trainings can immediately put you at ease and give you all of the knowledge you need. The trainings are taught by our teachers, horticulturalists and hydroponic experts and are approved by the Nevada Department of Education. 

After taking a Green Our Planet teacher training, teachers will be experts at teaching STEM subjects using school gardens and hydroponic systems.

Educators will leave the trainings with… 

  • Expanded STEM content knowledge 
  • An inquiry-based approach to teaching STEM
  • Practical gardening knowledge
  • 1 PDE credit or 5 CUs
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School Garden Conference

Do you have a garden or hydroponics unit at your school but are wondering how other teachers utilize  them efficiently and effectively? Then there’s nothing better than attending Green Our Planet’s annual School Garden Conference, usually held in the spring.

At the conference, teachers, administrators and community members gather for a day of learning and connection focused on school gardens and STEM education. Participants can attend a variety of sessions on topics such as the following:

  • School garden program best practices
  • Hydroponics as a STEM learning tool
  • Permaculture design
  • Student nutrition 
  • How to create a student-run farmers market
  • How to create a pollinator garden
  • And more!

Attendees leave the conference armed with all the knowledge they may need to take part in this revolutionary movement in education.

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Giant Student Farmers Markets

Students can learn real-life business and math skills at Green Our Planet’s semi annual Giant Student Farmers Markets–the largest student-run farmers markets in the United States. Some 500-700 students from more than 50 schools commonly attend.

While growing their vegetables from seeds, students also learn how to run their own businesses and create a school-garden-based business plan. At the Giant Farmers Markets, they’re matched with bankers who coach them through customer service and negotiation as they sell their garden-grown fruits and vegetables to the community. Market day is a day that neither the public who buy, nor the students who sell, will ever forget.

The program’s mission is to increase student academic performance in STEM subjects as well as to conserve and protect the environment through project-based STEM education, which includes nutrition, financial literacy and conservation education in PreK-12 schools.

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