We are looking for K-5 educators and researchers from the southwest desert ecoregion with expertise in garden-based science teaching (GBST). With funding from the National Science Foundation, a 2.5-day conference in Phoenix, AZ will explore and advance strategies for supporting, sustaining, and spreading garden-based science teaching (GBST) on elementary school campuses in the ecoregion. The primary conference outcome will be an almanac website that transforms these strategies, experiences and insights into useful resources for other educators. The almanac will be designed to inspire and enable GBST teaching and learning; it will also aim to advance scholarship on GBST by grounding insights in the Next Generation Science Standards and by exploring intersections with four focal topics: place-based learning, culturally responsive pedagogy, traditional ecological knowledge, and design-based research. Angela Calabrese-Barton will be the keynote speaker.
The conference offers rich opportunities to meet other educators invested in expanding GBST and provides funding for travel and accommodations. We will spend a day and a half nestled between the red rocks of the Sonoran desert at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix and a day amid the school gardens at Manzo Elementary School in Tucson. See the attached flyer, and visit our website to apply. Review of applications will begin on October 25, 2019.