SCHOOL GARDENING RESOURCES
University of Illinois Extension
Chicago Master Gardeners
Master Gardeners and horticulture educators are available to provide technical assistance and on-site horticulture programming. Call 773-233-2900
Ask a Master Gardener
Get your gardening questions answered online at http://bit.ly/askamg
Master Composter Program
Get composting assistance from County Master Cook County Master Composters. Master Composter classes are held in October. Call 773-233-2900 for more information.
Master Naturalist Program
Insect Petting Zoo
Get to know insects, their parts and their place in the world with our “touch and feel” zoo of Madagascar hissing cockroaches, tarantulas and giant millipedes. Call 773-233-2900 to schedule a visit.
Website: Let’s Talk About Insects
Schedule a Master Composter to set-up a worm bin in your classroom. Call 773-233-2900.
Website: The Adventures of Herman the Worm
Mobile Science Lab
Schedule our “Science on the Go” lab at your school. Call 773-768-7779 for more information.
Website: Mobile Science Lab
Museum of Science and Industry: Smart Home Garden
Visit our sustainable organic 1200 square foot garden with 80 earthboxes, 4 raised beds, smart pots, living walls, hydroponic growing system and bee hives. May –October. Call 773-233-2900 to schedule a visit.
Website: Smart Home
Website: Flickr: Chicago Master Gardeners at Smart Home http://www.flickr.com/photos/msismartgarden/
Website: The Earthbox
Website: The Smart Pot
University of Illinois Extension Websites
My First Garden
Learn how to plan, nurture and enjoy the benefits of a beautiful flower or vegetable garden.
Taste of Gardening
A vegetable gardening basics series
Watch Your Garden Grow
Your guide to choosing, growing, preparing and storing common vegetables.
The Bug Review
Ask Extension-Hort Corner
UIExtension: You Tube Videos
234 How-to-gardening videos
Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots
In The Garden: Games, Crafts and Activities for Children
Barron’s Educational Series
Sunflower Houses: A Book for Children and Their Grown-Ups
Gardening with Children
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
How to Grow a School Garden
A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers
San Francisco Green SchoolYard Alliance
The Victory Garden Kids Book: A Beginners Guide to Growing Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers
Houghton Mifflin Company
Kids’ Gardening: A Complete Guide for Teachers, Parents and Youth Leaders
Lynn Ocone and Eve Pranis
National Gardening Association
Guide to Illinois Vegetable Gardening and Fruits
James A. Fizzell
Cool Springs Press
University of Illinois Extension: Master Gardener Manual
Can be ordered online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/mg/manual/default.cfm
University of Illinois Extension: Urban Horticulture Educator