Growing Community

The Valley Food Partnership and Growing Healthy Communities Coalition are committed to supporting community and school gardens. Since 2013, we have supported the development of five community gardens and six school gardens.

Use the interactive map to get involved in a garden near you!

Resources for Educators

School gardens can be a learning tool for students of all ages. If you have curriculum material that you would like to share on this page, please email us.

Locally Developed Lesson Plans

Dig into our amazing local lesson plans developed by some of our very own educators and community members here in the Montrose area. There are lessons for students ranging from elementary to high school level. Take a peak at these awesome resources and see how you can plant the seeds of knowledge and engage your students at school or at home about the wonders of gardening, plant science and more!

Lesson Plans

School Gardens that Thrive – Elementary Level

Schoolyard Salsa– Elementary Level

Garden Lesson Plan Roots– 3rd Grade Level

Area and Perimeter of School Garden– 4th Grade Level

Garden Lesson Plan- Middle School Level

Garden Lesson Plan– 7th Grade Health

How Big is a Foot?– High School Level

denver-urban-gardenScience Standards

Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) provided all lessons compiled below from within their Garden and Nutrition Curriculum. The lessons coincide with both Earth and Life Science State Standards. It is suggested the students write the lessons down in some kind of journal. The lessons can be slightly adjusted to hit Literacy and Reading Standards as well as the Earth or Life Science Standard they already meet.

First Grade

First Grade

Standard: GR.1-S.2-GLE.2 (An organism is a living thing that has physical characteristics to help it survive.) Lesson:

The Big Four

Standard: GR.1-S.3-GLE.1 (Earth’s materials can be compared and classified based on their properties.) Lessons:

The Rotten Truth

Let’s Make Compost

Worms Are Our Friends

Second Grade

Second Grade

Standard: GR.2-S.2-GLE.1 (Organisms depend on their habitat’s nonliving parts to satisfy their needs.) Lessons:

Seed Collecting

Adapt a Seed

Let’s Make Compost

Introducing the Seed

Dig in!

Spring Planting

The Big Four

Our Soil

Standard: GR.2-S.2-GLE.2 (Each plant of animal has different structures or behaviors that serve different functions.) Lessons:

Seed Collecting

Adapt a Seed

What Are Whole Grains?

Grocery Bag Botany

Introducing the Seed

What a Stem

Rooting for Roots

Leaves Make Food

Third Grade

Third Grade

Standard: GR.3-S.2-GLE.1 (The duration and timing of life cycle events such as reproduction and longevity vary across organisms and species.) Lessons:

Seed Collecting

Introducing the Seed

Signs of Spring

Standard: GR.3-S.3-GLE.1 (Earth’s materials can be broken down and/or combined into different materials such as rocks, minerals, rock cycle, formation of soil and sand—some of which are usable resources for human activity.) Lessons:

Worms Are Our Friends

Let’s Make Compost

The Rotten Truth

Our Soil

Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade

Standard: GR.4-S.2-GLE.1 (All living things share similar characteristics, but they also have differences that can be described and classified.) Lessons:

Seed Collecting

Adapt a Seed

The Big Four

Standard: GR.4-S.2-GLE.3 (There is an interaction and interdependence between and among living and nonliving components of ecosystems.) Lessons:

Seed Collecting

Adapt a Seed

Introducing the Seed

Dig In!

Spring Planting

The Big Four

Our Soil

Signs of Spring

Fifth Grade