Thanks to the generous support of parents and members of the local Venice community, Coeur d’Alene GROWS, a partnership between parents and teachers, is pleased to offer intensive, hands-on gardening instruction to all classes of CdA students grades TK-5 during school hours.

Participating classes receive 9-10 weeks of 45-minute instructional classes from UCCE Master Gardeners Brian Bailey and Matthew Van Diepen who believe in the power of using school gardening as a platform for quality science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM) instruction and experiential learning.

Lessons are designed around the seasonal requirements of the garden and taught through the application of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) standards and principles and include topics such as basic garden maintenance, composting, organic pest control, and plant identification.

We desire for students to understand where their food comes from, how to make healthy choices, and develop the necessary skills to grow their own food. Parent volunteers are always needed and greatly appreciated!