Lower Columbia School Gardens

Program Type: Garden Classrooms, Kitchen Classrooms, Academic Classrooms, Support Organization
Grade/Age: Pre-Kindergarten, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School
Number Served: 2,000-5,000
Year Founded: 2010

LCSG helps schools start & sustain gardens in SW WA - dynamic outdoor classrooms where students experience the natural world & engage in hands-on learning of science, math, nutrition, ecosystems & more. Children have opportunities to connect with real food & to treat themselves, others, & the world around them with care & respect. Students often take the lead; our staff & volunteers look for the teachable moments.
LCSG supports gardens at 16 schools (and growing!), providing staff, volunteers, and supplies for weekly garden and cooking programs, and student-led events like plant sales and summer produce markets.

We serve a high-needs county - the highest rates of obesity & chronic disease, highest number of food stamp recipients, a food bank where 40% of participants are children, an area well-known for rampant drug-use & poverty. LCSG continues to connect kids & families with real food & hands-on learning, lighting the way to a brighter future for the next generation in Cowlitz County.

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Title Subject Resource Type Location Grade/Age

Scavenger Hunt - WA Common Core

  • English
  • Science
  • Art
Lessons Garden
  • Grades 1-2

Compost Lesson: WA Common Core

  • English
  • Math
  • Science
  • Art
Lessons Garden, Academic Classroom
  • Kindergarten
  • Grades 1-5

Worm Science: WA Common Core

  • English
  • Math
  • Science
  • Art
Lessons Garden, Academic Classroom
  • Kindergarten

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Title Description

Amby's Favorites

WA State Common Core Standards -...

 A collection of K-5 garden lessons created or...

Ian's Untested Favorites

Lessons that look good to me but that I haven't actually...

Name Description

erin

Staff

This is my 2nd awesome year being involved in the Lower Columbia School Gardens. It has been my host site through Cowlitz/Whakiakum...

Gail Bishop

Parent
Supporter
Volunteer

Amy Haghighi

Parent
Supporter
Volunteer

Ian Thompson

Administrator
Founder
Staff

janell bittner

Founder
Supporter
Teacher
Volunteer

Jason Cook

Volunteer

Lee Ann Gekas

Founder
Supporter
Volunteer

MaryEllen Kiffe

Parent
Supporter
Teacher
Volunteer

I teach 4th grade and also volunteer in several local school gardens.

Pat Reistroffer

Supporter
Teacher
Volunteer

I'm a reitred teacher who taught for 40 years.  I volunteer in one of our middle school after school garden clubs and love it!...

Steve the Rabbit

Staff

Amanda Nipper

Parent
Supporter
Volunteer

Anita Hyatt

Supporter

Billea Smith

Parent
Volunteer

Parent, Teacher & Volunteer in SW Wa.

Derenda Richardson

Parent
Supporter
Volunteer

emily anderson

Staff

Marquita Green

Supporter
Volunteer

Julia Brice

Staff

Julie Merchant

Volunteer

Hillary Ann

Staff

I've spent much of my time over the last 8 years becoming more deeply involved in most aspects of growing food and...

Louis LaPierre

Parent
Supporter
Volunteer

Bekah Rossetti

Parent
Volunteer

Tami Louie

Volunteer
Last updated February 5, 2017