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Grow Getters: Garden Education Series for Youth and Families

Updated September 04, 2020

Aimee Ladonski

SDSU Extension Volunteer Development Field Specialist and State Master Gardener Coordinator

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.

Lessons developed by Master Gardener volunteers under the direction and review of Anna Barr and Aimee House 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.


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.

Virtual Field Trips

Mother and daughter examining plant at McCrory Gardens.

McCrory Gardens

Explore some of our favorite destinations and plant displays at McCrory Gardens in Brookings, SD!

Group of local foods education center staff inside high tunnel.

Local Foods Education Center

Learn all about the fruits and vegetables growing at the SDSU Local Foods Education Center in Brookings, SD!