Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is holding a Connecting Learning and Living (CLL) training that will feature more than 100 researched-based and hands-on lessons for teachers, home school, afterschool, 4-H, youth group leaders, community garden organizers, day camp coordinators and master gardeners working with children in kindergarten-sixth grade.
The training will provide an overview of the new Growing in the Garden, Local Foods and Healthy Living curriculum, Growing in the Garden: Elementary Curriculum and the Where We Live Series: History of the Land, Weaving the Food Web and Living with the Land. Designed for classrooms and after-school programs, curricula aligns with the Iowa Common Core State Standards, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) and other youth development educational requirements and models.
CLL lessons increasing children’s knowledge of agriculture, youth gardening, nutrition, the history of Iowa’s natural resources and conservation. In a 2010-2012 survey of 500 responses, classroom teachers and out-of-school educators reported positive outcomes after implementing the lessons they learned through CLL. They reported their students displayed more active participation, were interested in going outdoors and also chose to consume healthier foods. In addition to this, 70 to 90 percent of students increased their physical activity and showed improvement in their communication and leadership skills.
Training will be held Feb. 12, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., in Altoona and on March 1, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., in Iowa Falls. Registration is available online at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/CLLTraining. Cost for the training is $95 – curriculum will be available for purchase for an additional cost. For more information, please contact Annette Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org, 515-432-3882 or Jeff Macomber, email@example.com, 515-993-4281.