Self Help Projects

School Learning Garden Network

School Learning Garden Network

The School Learning Garden Network is a collaboration with Seattle Public Schools Self Help Projects, Tilth Alliance, and IslandWood.

SLGN hosts annual events to engage with school garden coordinators, volunteers, and educators towards advancing outdoor greenspace opportunities for all students.

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Presentation Archive


Garden Educator Co-Designed Lessons- Session recording and lesson templates are coming soon!

View our first Virtual Garden Tour at Jane Addams Middle School on YouTube.

View the recorded presentation from our Quarterly Meeting discussing Culturally Responsive- Sustaining Education. The link to the Jamboard and SGSO video we watched can be found in the video description.


“Life Lessons Through Plants: In Pursuit of a Career in Gardens” Riz Reyes, Founder and Director of RHR Horticulture

Rain Wise Guided Site Survey at Emerson Elementary Sonja Sivesind, Erin Irby, Seattle Public Utilities/ Rain Wise

Trees for Neighborhoods Guided Site Survey at Thurgood Marshall Elementary Lou Stubecki, Seattle Public Utilities/ Trees for Seattle Program Manager


Root Bound: Growing a Revolution, Nyema Clark, Founder and Director of Nurturing Roots  

Stories from the Garden, Nicole Parish, Foxberry Garden Educator, Patty Lavelle, Jane Addams Garden Educator 

Learning in Places, Following the Rhizome: Designing Equitable Models of Field-Based Science, Dr. Priya Pugh, UW Bothell, Jordan Sherry-Wagner M.Ed., UW Bothell 

Dr. Flowers; Or, How to Build Plant-Conscious Relations with Nat Mengist, M. Ed., UW Bothell

Education & Leadership Panel Discussion: School Garden and Farm Education Resiliency in the face of COVID and Systemic Racism, Cary Peterson, Farm Manager, South Whidbey School Farms, Sharon Siehl Program Director, Tilth Alliance, Laura Plaut Executive Director, Common Threads Farm 

What is a Rain Garden, and is a Rain Garden or Cistern Feasible for my School Site?  Bill Malatinsky, Seattle Public Utilities/ Rain Wise, Celina Steiger, IslandWood 

Protecting Our Salmon: Understanding Schoolyard Green Infrastructure Kas Kinkead, Osborn Consulting

Creating a Pollinator Paradise Kimberly Leeper, Working with Nature