Volunteer Resources

IMG_7253Volunteers are the lifeblood of our program. Each classroom needs at least 2 volunteers present at every BUGS lesson to manage the garden work of planting, weeding, harvesting, and food preparation. While tending the garden, volunteers reinforce the science concept of the month through guided discussions and questions, sometimes with additional activities such as scavenger hunts.

Here you will find many resources to help you learn to garden with students, starting with our main document from orientation. Please also visit the planting page for your grade level specific information.

Orientation Packet

Everything practical about working with students in the BUGS garden. Reimbursement, security, weeding, irrigation, trash, safe tool use, positive feedback and more!

Garden Planning

Planting calendars and grade level specific information, along with weed lists and square foot gardening information (3rd grade).

Compost and Worm Bins

Helpful videos and info on composting in the big garden and caring for the worms in the vermiculture bins.

Summer Bed Prep

Information for everyone on how to close down their beds for summer at the end of the school year.