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Grow Getters: Garden Education Series for Youth and Families

Updated August 03, 2020
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Aimee Ladonski

SDSU Extension Volunteer Development Field Specialist

The Grow Getters wordmark. Brown, soil-stained text accompanied by a monarch butterfly, a green seedling, a blue-handled garden trowel, and a brown earthworm.

Written by Anna Barr under the direction and review of Aimee Ladonski.

Program Overview

The “Grow Getters” series consists of lessons and resources to engage youth and families in hands-on, at-home activities related to gardening—even without a garden! Each lesson is a compilation of activities and resources related to one of the topics and geared towards a K-2 audience and their families. Each lesson includes objectives, vocabulary, a book, a video, an activity related to the main topic, a nutrition activity, an art activity, and “learn more” resources. Check back for additional lessons added each week.

Lessons

A group of children observing a bed of garden soil with a teacher.

Stupendous Soils

In this Grow Getters lesson, you will answer the questions: “What is soil?” and “How can you make garden soil?”

Teacher pouring a small amount of seed into a student's hand to construct a tiny greenhouse.

Plant the Seed

In this Grow Getters lesson, students will learn to identify the parts of a seed and the growth and development of a seed to a plant.

A group of children examining the parts of a wildflower in a meadow.

Plant Part Powers!

Following this lesson, participants will be able to identify basic plant parts and use more complex plant part vocabulary.

A bee pollinating a flower.

Pollinators Party

In this lesson, participants will learn how plants reproduce and how to identify pollinators that help plants.

A young girl harvesting a sweet potato.

Harvest Helpers

At the completion of this lesson, learners will be able to identify root and non-root fruits and vegetables and learn harvesting skills.

Mother with child cooking homemade jam in a kitchen.

Preservation Station!

At the end of this lesson, participants will be able to list the most-common methods used to preserve fruits or vegetables.

Garden Explorer Kit

The first 50 families to register using the form below will receive one Garden Explorer Kit. This kit includes activities and resources for youth, such as a mini basil planter kit, outside bingo card, plant journal, seeds, workbooks, and more! Register to get yours today! Please note that only South Dakota residents are eligible, and only one kit will be sent per family.