Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in School Learning Gardens

This experiential workshop will take place November 4–6 at Māla‘ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle Schoo in Waimea, Hawai‘i Island. We will use garden-based science lessons and activities to explain NGSS science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas, and relate these three key NGSS dimensions to the Hawai‘i School Garden Curriculum Map. Participants will apply the three NGSS dimensions in designing and implementing learning-garden science activities. For more information and to register, visit

Hawai‘i School Garden Curriculum Map now available!

The Hawai‘i School Garden Curriculum was created by teachers for busy teachers who may not be gardeners themselves, but intuitively understand the benefits of inquiry-based, place-based, project-based learning for their students.

Released at the beginning of the 2016–2017 school year, the Hawai‘i School Garden Curriculum Map is a pathway to connect core curriculum in the classroom with opportunities for extending learning in the real world, the basis of both Common Core and Next Generation Science. The Big Ideas begin with A Sense of Place, move to the all-important Living Soil and Living Plant, on to Nourishment, and finally Nature’s Design, encompassing the science-based cycles, patterns, and systems of the natural world.

»Go to Hawai‘i School Garden Curriculum Map page

Charter School Food Working Group

Ongoing workshops to develop FFVP and school food programs. In the summer of 2015 we began with two workshops: Gathering to Share Best Practices at the Volcano School of Arts and Sciences, and Sessions with Carleton Gillenwater, creator of the Kona Pacific PCS Food Service. Contact Anna-Lisa Okoye if you are interested in being on the workshop notification list.