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posted Oct. 9, 2017 9:38 a.m. (CDT)
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School garden workshop set

School teachers, staff and community members are invited to attend a School Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms Workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Spooner Elementary School in Spooner. The workshop is free and open to the public.

The invited guest speaker will be Veronica Justen, UW-River Falls crops and soils professor and northwest Wisconsin regional coordinator for the Wisconsin School Garden Network. The workshop also will include a visit to the Spooner Elementary School Garden, highlight tools and resources for successful school gardens and include discussions on how school gardens can support teachers and enhance student learning.

For more information, call Kevin Schoessow, UW-Extension area agriculture development educator, at 715-635-3506.

‘Ten Plants’ workshops set

University of Minnesota Extension will present free workshops for teachers this fall on “Ten Plants That Changed Minnesota.”

Participants will learn these plants along with fun, educational STEM activities designed for middle and high school students but easily adapted to younger students. Activities range from measuring the value of a tree, the parts of a corn plant, comparing wild rice populations in Minnesota lakes, how plant breeders produce new apples and the nutritional value of soybeans. All activities meet Minnesota graduation standards.

4-H leaders, Master Gardeners and Minnesota Master Naturalists, as well as classroom teachers or home-school teachers, are encouraged to attend. Workshops will be held Oct. 19-20 at St. Paul River Center; Oct. 24 at the U of M Extension Regional Office in Mankato, Minn.; Nov. 10 at the Minnesota Science Teachers Association Conference in St. Cloud, Minn.; Nov. 14 at the U of M Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton; and Nov. 16 at the U of M Regional Extension Office in Morris.

To register, visit http://​​for-educators. For more information, contact Mary Meyer at

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