Our residential training is for teams of 3-5 teachers, garden coordinators, administrators and core parent volunteers from a specific school or district. We do not accept applications from individuals.
We offer one-day skills workshops on topics ranging from habitat gardens, living willow structures, medicinal plants, and natural dyes and fibers. These are designed for individual educators interested in weaving ecological literacy into their living learnscapes.
Through a combination of hands-on sessions and presentations of best practices by experts in the field, we teach participants the basics of organic gardening, permaculture garden design, curricular integration, team building, community organizing, fundraising and more.
By connecting to Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards with a STEM focus, we support school teams in integrating the instructional school garden into multiple subject areas using place-based, experiential learning.
Participants gain experience in:
Participants will be inspired to integrate the following content and place-based systems into their schools:
Through Sonoma State University, participants can receive 3.5 Continuing Education Units or 2 units of Academic Credit. If you wish to receive credits, please bring a separate check or credit card. Current fees are $55 for the CEUs, and $110 for Academic Credits. To receive these units, participants must attend all five days of the session.
Overnight visitors to OAEC sleep in one of our two beautiful, spacious guest yurts overlooking our North Garden, or other guest housing. Alternately, you are welcome to camp in our Wildlands Preserve. Our accommodations are clean, lovely and spacious, with easy access to modern bathroom facilities. You will enjoy three delicious, organic, hearty vegetarian meals a day, with produce sourced from our gardens and orchards or from local farms.
Course and retreat participants at OAEC can also expect to experience powerful personal transformation, deep education and inspiring networking opportunities.
For one-day workshops, see individual registration/event pages. The cost range is from $75 to $125 for a full day, including course materials and lunch.
The inclusive 5-day training fee is $800 per participant thanks to grant support we receive. This covers materials, instruction & staff costs and onsite accommodations (including homemade, organic and vegetarian meals) during the training. A $200 deposit per team member is due upon acceptance to hold your team’s space. We cannot offer additional scholarships. Thank you for understanding the value of this opportunity.
Vanessa Carter directs OAEC’s Resilient Schools Program, training school communities to incorporate place-based ecological literacy into their classes and living learnscapes.
Resilient Schools Program Director
707-874-1557, ext. 102
OAEC’s Resilient Schools Program supports public school districts serving vulnerable populations to design resilience into their classroom curriculum, campus environment, and surrounding community. We focus on school-based Resilient Community Design because we believe in the power of public educational institutions – incubators of the next generation of community leaders and systems designers – to serve as hubs for ecologically literate, resilient communities.