Youth Garden Programs

Cultivate a Brighter Future

GG 1Gateway Greening’s School and Youth Program supports over 60 youth-oriented gardens throughout St. Louis City and County. Gateway Greening provides free seeds and seedlings, network-wide gardening contests, tool loans, professional development opportunities, site visits, garden curriculum, and the chance to apply for garden expansion grants to in-network youth gardens.

Gateway Greening educators visit select school gardens on a weekly basis. Currently, the intensive school sites are 5 SLPS elementary schools: Gateway Elementary, Clay Academy, Columbia Elementary, Shaw Elementary, and Mallinckrodt Academy. Educators teach 45 minute garden lessons that are based on the Gateway Greening Seed to STEM curriculum.

Activities range from dissecting flowers to student-driven investigations of soil. Seed to STEM connects the school garden to classroom objectives and Next Generation Science Standards. It also incorporates social and emotional learning, builds scientific inquiry skills, encourages healthy food choices and access for all students, and inspires students to connect with their community and environment. Seed to STEM is currently in development, but school gardeners can find an outline of the curriculum and sample lesson plans online.

While Gateway Greening only has the capacity to directly teach at a few schools, it is expanding its professional development opportunities. School garden leaders can contact Gateway Greening to schedule a site visit, school-wide professional development, or garden leader training. Contact or 314-588-9600×106

The Youth Garden Development Process

Teachers, parents and volunteers can partner with Gateway Greening to start the Youth Garden Development Process. Beneficiaries receive building materials such as lumber, soil and tools, as well as on-going support from Gateway Greening.


Features and Resources from Gateway Greening:

  • Saturday workshops
  • Yearly site visits
  • Curricula advice
  • Technical gardening advice
  • Free seeds and seedlings
  • Professional development workshops

For information on youth field trips, click here.

Thank you to the following Youth Program partners:




Education Manager