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School Gardens

APS Garden Vision

Building a network of outdoor learning spaces (gardens, pollinator habitats, outdoor classrooms, and sensory spaces) where young people can directly experience the natural world they belong to, learn about where their food comes from, and gain hands on skills that benefit emotional and physical well-being. 

Growing the Garden Network

There are currently 93 school gardens in APS.

View them on the ABQ Schools & Community Gardens Map! Search by zone to find a school garden near you.

Put yourself on the ABQ Schools & Community Gardens Map! Click here to register your school garden.

*Note that there will be a delay from the time you register to the time your garden is added to the map.

APS Garden Mission

Our mission is to link to the network, training,
& resources for school staff who want to expand outdoor learning
opportunities for our students and school communities. 

Publications

School Garden Newsletter:

A monthly newsletter that includes:

  • upcoming events & workshops
  • resources for school gardens & funding opportunities,
  • highlights from school gardens across the district

Sign up for the APS School Garden Newsletter and share announcements & celebrations from your school garden by emailing .

Find an archive of past APS School Garden Newsletters here. 

School Gardens Resource Binder:

An online archive of curriculum, lesson plans & instructional videos compiled by a partnership of garden and community leaders across Albuquerque. 

The School Garden Resource Binder includes: 

  • Topics related to gardening, agriculture, STEAM, art, & culture
  • Local, national and international resources searchable by tab
  • ABQ Gardens by Month! A quick guide to monthly planning, planting, maintenance and water for school gardens. 
  • Where to get materials for gardens in Albuquerque
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Places to visit in ABQ and local presenters to invite to your school

Find the School Garden Resource Binder online here. 

Watering Strawberries (Growing Gardens)School Gardens Handbook:

The APS School Gardens Team handbook, Growing the Outdoor Classroom, includes information on the outdoor classroom, planning a school garden, growing basics for plants, and a school garden resource list.

School Garden Handbooks: Growing the Outdoor Classroom (PDF)

Discover garden snapshots and stories

Download 2016 Gardening Snapshots and Stories (DOCX)

Why Gardening? Why Now?
Why in Schools?

Many school garden stewards are already anticipating how outdoor classrooms and gardens can support a safe hybrid re-entry plan for their school.

NMPED recommends outdoor learning as a resource for school re-entry:

"COVID-19 has made it more relevant than ever to bring learning outdoors during school reentry to help lower stress while engaging students in a setting that reduces the risk of transmission. The most effective outdoor learning is student-centered, culturally relevant and responsive, multidisciplinary, and supports physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health and wellbeing. This guidance document provides administrators, teachers, educators, and families with practical tools, resources, and practices to safely conduct learning outdoors."

McKinley MS Fall GardenThe Outdoor Classroom

An outdoor classroom may be a simple, open-air alternative to the enclosed classroom - where the space becomes the content and the curriculum.

Find Resources for Outdoor Education & support with creating outdoor learning spaces on the APS Teacher Learning Network --> Visit Outdoor Education on "The Hub"

Outdoor classrooms promote place-based learning, physical exploration, emotional well-being, and interdisciplinary enrichment. School gardens and other outdoor classrooms provide opportunity to expand learning and stewardship right on the school campus.

Outdoor classrooms & school gardens can be used by school nurses, counselors, behavior redirectors and others to support social-emotional learning as well as to teach every core academic subject including math, science, ELA, and social studies!

Get Involved. Support School Gardens.

  • Offer your head, hands, & heart (with things like planning and design, organizing and fundraising, digging, planting, landscaping, building projects or cooking in the school garden)
  • Raise funds by selling seeds and/or plants grown by students or supplementing school food banks with fresh produce
  • Beautify the campus with plants, flowers, and trees
  • Donate needed plants, seeds or tools

Contact the APS School Garden Specialist at schoolgardens@aps.edu