Sioux Falls Regional Extension Center News

Online training for garden-based learning programs

Interested in using a garden as a teaching tool with children? SDSU Extension is offering a series of Webinars for garden educators. Schoolteachers, afterschool and summer garden program leaders and helpers are all encouraged to participate in the ‘Youth in the Garden Webinars.’

Webinars are scheduled for the second Wednesday of the month. The next session will be held Aug. 14 from 10-10:30 a.m. To participate in the Webinar, visit and click the link within the event posting. Participants are encouraged to log in within 15 minutes of the specified time.

Lavonne Meyer, food safety field specialist will offer information on safe practices for handling the harvest with “Food Safety in the Garden.” Chris Zdorovtsov, SDSU Extension community development field specialist will present lessons on insects, soil, plant growth and more with “Science in the Garden.”

Save the date for this upcoming session:

Sept 11, 10 to10:30 a.m. CDT: “Pick of the Harvest,” presented by Marjorie Zastrow and “Physical Activity in the Garden,” presented by Nikki Van Dyke, health and physical activity field specialist.

Future dates include Oct. 9 and Nov. 13.

If you would like to receive more information on trainings and funding opportunities related to garden-based learning programs or to exchanging questions and ideas with others involved in similar projects, e-mail Chris Zdorovtsov at to be added to the SDSU Youth Gardening LISTSERV.

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