Garden Organizations

Local Organizations

Brightside St. Louis empowers St. Louisans to help make the region cleaner and greener through their demo garden, community education, and naturescaping services.

Earthdance Farm School is a nationally recognized farm school that promotes and educates on organic farming through their apprenticeships, youth programs, classes, and volunteer opportunities.

Forest ReLeaf is a nonprofit community-assisted tree nursery working to enrich communities and offer community outreach opportunities and educational classes.

Good Life Growing is an urban farming company used as a site for community service, experiential learning, and service-learning.

The Green Center offers hands-on outdoor lessons for students where they can investigate and explore the prairie, wetland, or forest, as well as professional development classes are available to educators.

Green City Coalition connects communities to nature by converting vacant lots into green spaces and works to improve neighborhood vitality & sustainability.

Litzsinger Road Ecology Center works with educators and students to promote science teaching and learning at their study center, classrooms, and research lab.

Maplewood-Richmond Heights’ Seed to Table promotes education, health, and wellness by connecting students to nature.

Missouri Botanical Garden offers various classes for adults on topics like gardening, green living, nature study, and outdoor adventures.  The Education Division offers nature-based and science-driven programs for pre-K-12 students that include outreach programs, teacher professional development, online resources and service learning opportunities.

Operation Food Search provides evidence-based nutrition education to the local St. Louis area through their Nutrition Education Department.

St. Louis Master Gardener was established by MOBOT to provide local horticultural education and programs led by trained volunteers.  They provide a list of online gardening resources on their site for the public:

St. Louis Beekeepers Association educates the public on beekeeping practices and promotes healthy natural systems where bees, pollinators and people can adapt and thrive.

Slow Food St. Louis promotes good, clean, fair food for all through public education and their Biodiversity Micro Grant program.

University of Missouri Extension uses research-based knowledge to address economic opportunity, educational excellence, and healthy futures in the state of Missouri.

Urban Harvest STL strives to make fresh, healthy food accessible to entire communities through their farms and various distribution channels, like the St. Louis Metro Market.

National Gardening Organizations

American Community Gardening Association is a nonprofit that builds community by improving and enhancing community gardens and greening in the U.S. and Canada.

National Agriculture in the Classroom provides support to state programs by giving teachers the knowledge, appreciation, and awareness to education and inform their students.  (For school gardens)  

Out Teach is a national teacher-development nonprofit working to promote experiential learning in outdoor classrooms through their professional trainings.

Local STEM Organizations

GROW Exhibit educates the public on the “journey of food from the farm to the fork” and explores the relationship between the agriculture and technology.  Find them at:

Youth Exploring Science (YES) Program works with 250 high school students each year to provide education in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) and allow them to grow professionally and academically. Find them at:

STEMPact offers free professional development programs for teachers wanting to implement or improve STEM education into all subjects of the classroom.  Their events page has information on workshops, speakers, and registration:

Youth Educational & Curriculum Resources

Annie’s developed a free Growing School Gardens online booklet for starting and implementing school gardens in partnership with the Center for Ecoliteracy.  

California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom offers online teaching resources for anyone educating students K-12.

Captain Planet Foundation created an online School Garden Cookbook (PDF) with recipes for cool-weather and warm-weather harvests that are easy to incorporate into the classroom.

Collective School Garden Network provides resources for each step of managing a school garden, including planning, planting, promotion, and teaching in the garden.

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture (CCUA) offers various resources for urban agriculture.  Find them at:

Cornell University Garden-Based Learning program offers activities, lessons, and curriculum that cover a variety of subjects, like art and math.

Edible Schoolyard provides resources for the school garden ranging from lesson plans, program development, and school food reform.

George Watts Montessori developed curriculum for grades 1-3, focused on the garden.

Growing Minds Farm to School offers lesson plans, garden activities, related literature, trainings and workshops.

Junior Master Gardener Program is designed to allow your class or individual to become a “Junior Master Gardener.”  Children will gain hands-on learning experiences with the community and the gardens.

Kids Gardening provides educator resources like curriculum, lesson plans, garden designs, and activities for the garden.

Life Lab promotes experiential learning for all ages through farm- and garden-based education, including children’s camps, field trips, youth and internship programs and teacher workshops.

Missouri Botanical Garden offers online curriculum and resources for school garden education.

Nature’s Notebooks offers materials for educators to incorporate nature into their classrooms.

National Farm to School Network offers a vast resource database includes curriculum, trainings, and webinars on local food sourcing, school gardens, and agricultural education.

Nourish offers a Nourish Curriculum Guide that contains curriculum ideas, learning activities, and student handouts.

Ready Set Grow (an initiative of the Pennsylvania Head Start Association) shares a collection of useful, multicultural literature to ensure inclusivity in the school garden classroom.

Science NetLinks offers science lesson plans for K-12.

Whole Kids Foundation offers their Salad Bars to Schools Grant Program, free online tools to improve lunch programs, and school garden curriculum and resources.