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Seattle Learning Garden Network Winter Workshop

  • Pathfinder K-8 School 1901 Southwest Genesee Street Seattle, WA, 98106 United States (map)

All are invited to the School Learning Garden Network’s 5th Annual Winter Workshop on March 2nd. Participants will have the opportunity to choose from 9 different topics during 10 learning sessions, take school garden tours, and network with each other. The workshop is free thanks to a partnership with Tilth Alliance and food donations by local businesses. 

More than 80 percent of our schools have some form of onsite learning garden. The network is made up of teachers, PTA members, garden coordinators, garden educators, school staff interested in gardening, volunteer organizations, City of Seattle program managers, Conservation and Environmental organizations, and even school neighbors who have a true passion for gardening and educating students.

Keynote Address: Jessica Levine, "Let them eat kale: Growing problem solvers from the ground up.”

Photo by Greenlevine

Photo by Greenlevine

Jessica has presented her unique curriculum at local and national conferences, inspiring other formal educators to approach science from such a real-life perspective and sustainable context. She was on the committee that wrote the Washington K-12 ESE standards, and continues to spread sustainability ideas to colleagues. She has also established numerous community resources, and grant funding, to enhance her curriculum design.  Jessica is not simply educating good scientists, she’s raising sustainable savvy citizens. Her classroom is a place of practice to model resource conservation and environmental learning, action, and change. She is a leading environmental educator, creating partnerships and curriculum with area organizations to make science relevant for students. In 2016, Jessica received the Patsy Collins Award for Excellence in Environment, Education, and Community.

Morning Breakout Sessions:

  • Outdoor Classroom Management by Tilth Alliance (speaker(s) TBD)

  • Walking History of Place – Equity in the Outdoor Classroom by Alice Tsoodle

  • Environmental Justice by Sahar Arbab with Washington Green Schools

  • Middle school Program – TBD

  • Plant Metaphysics by Nat Mengist

Afternoon Breakout Sessions:

  • Outdoor Asset Mapping by Celina Steiger with IslandWood

  • Walking History of Place – Equity in the Outdoor Classroom by Alice Tsoodle

  • Native Gardens in Schools by Professor Robert Efird with Seattle University

  • High School Panel – Topic TBD

  • Learning about Pathfinder’s garden program and history by Karen Li-Hogan, Outdoor Educator/Teacher

Special thank you to our generous food donations! Macrina Bakery and Cafe for breakfast pastries, Uptown Espresso for coffee, and Chipotle Mexican Grill for lunch.


  • Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019

  • Time: 8:30am to 3:00pm / followed by optional off-site garden visits in West Seattle

  • Cost: FREE

  • Location: Pathfinder K-8 School / 1901 SW Genesee Street / West Seattle-Pigeon Point neighborhood

  • Transportation Info: SW Spokane Bridge is bicycle-friendly, follow to West Seattle Bike Trail.

  • Dress: Plan to dress for the weather, because some programming will be outdoors.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Sean McManus, Self Help Projects Coordinator: / 206-252-0619

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