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Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority > Sprouting Seeds

​​A group of school children looking into a small garden as plants begin to sprout.

Sprouting Seeds

Set-up, grow and plant native plants in your classroom and school

Nature teaches many lessons. Help your students understand lessons in math, science, language and art by immersing them in hands-on, real-life experiences setting up, tending to and planting native plants in your classroom and school yard.

For over 40 years, our team of Ontario Certified Teachers, Forest School Practitioners and Outdoor Education Specialists have been leading the way in experiential learning and are now offering the Sprouting Seeds program both virtually and physically across the Lake Simcoe watershed.

Not only will students learn curriculum in a fun way, they will also benefit by:

  • enhancing the local ecosystem of the schoolyard by adding biodiversity to the greenspace
  • building lasting connections to the local school community by creating an outdoor learning area
  • developing character and responsibility by tending to and caring for the garden
  • improving their overall health and well-being

Learning has never been so easy and fun!

Thank you for your interest in the Sprouting Seeds program. Registration for 2021 has now closed.​

​Program Details: 

Don't have a green thumb? No problem - we're here to help every step of the way! From plant delivery, to garden set-up and schoolyard installation, we've got you covered.

Once registered, teachers will have access to (via Google site link):

  • Sprouting Seeds teacher resource guide
  • Starter garden troubleshooting tips
  • Plant information
  • Additional curriculum connected activities for students to complete

This program runs from March (program supply delivery and garden set-up) to June (schoolyard plant installation), details outlined below. Our Outreach Educators are available to answer questions and help troubleshoot along the way!

Program Supplies & Equipment Delivery

(end of March)

  • All required equipment and supplies will be delivered to the school/teacher prior to garden set up (date and time to be scheduled in advance)​.

Garden Set-Up by teacher and class 

(last two weeks of March, early April)

  • Teachers will be provided with a video and PowerPoint presentation with instructions on how to set-up their starter garden with their class
  • Students will set-up starter gardens and grow native plants in their classroom with the help of their teacher
  • Teacher to provide our Outreach Educator with Google Meet webinar link to check in once their garden set up is complete (date and time to be scheduled in advance)​

Schoolyard – Plant Installation 

(late May, early June)

  • Students will install their plants outdoors and enhance their local schoolyard's ecosystem
  • One of our Educators may be present during plant installation. This will be determined by COVID-19 safety protocols and health authority recommendations at the time of planting. If we are unable to attend an in-person planting, a Zoom/Google Meet planting tutorial will be provided prior to the planting day and we will deliver extra plants to the school (in case all plants are not viable). Date and time to be scheduled in advance.

Cost: $295 (no HST) includes:

  • soil, seeds, extra plants
  • use of equipment (starter garden, trowels, etc.)
  • program delivery support
  • associated teaching resources

For Grades 1 - 8

Learning Opportunities 

Students will learn:

  • how habitat, watersheds and human health are connected
  • the value and function of natural ecosystems
  • about the vast benefits natural areas offer
  • how native plants:  
    • absorb excess nutrients and provide a food source for animals
    • filter runoff before it flows into local streams, creeks, rivers and ultimately Lake Simcoe
    • ​provide environmental benefits for bees, butterflies, birds, mammals and insects    

Additional Information: 

  • Registration closes March 5 or once maximum registrations received. Register early to avoid disappointment. For more information, contact education@LSRCA.on.ca.
  • Program must be booked in advance.
  • To participate, school must be located in the Lake Simcoe watershed​. 
  • Teachers will need to determine a ​suitable location (ex. an existing garden) in their schoolyard to install the plants and attain any necessary approvals/permission from School Administration and/or school board to create a “No Mow Zone"/wildflower garden area.