Volunteers are the heart and soul of our operation and there are many ways to get involved, even if you
aren't a gardener! We offer several training courses during the year. Here are some of the ways to join in:
- Work with kids during weekly garden sessions. Often, teachers will stay in the classroom while teams of
volunteers take out small groups of students to work, learn, cook and eat in the garden. The more volunteers we have, the more kids get to come out!
Check out the event calendar for times and locations.
- Help with special events: Harvest festivals, plant sales, produce markets, or Earth Day.
- Lend your expertise in horticulture or with special projects like sewing, cooking or crafts.
- Help maintain gardens at work parties or on your own time.
- Help us raise support: Write grants and letters, petition businesses, or organize fund raising events.
- Join one of our workgroups: Curriculum Development, Community Engagement, Agriculture Planning and Management
Volunteer Training Manual can provide you with a philosophy to build upon, as well as some practical ideas for working with
kids in an outdoor classroom setting. We owe much of this to the wise and wonderful people of Seattle Tilth.
Did you know that multiple peer-reviewed studies have linked gardening to reduced stress and an overall
improvement in physical and mental health? You can learn all kinds of fascinating information about gardens in our
Why School Gardens? section, or check out our latest blog post. It's a great way to get yourself pumped up and mentally prepared for the garden season!
"I drove by the Northlake garden for a year before I finally stopped, and I now come to help in the
garden every week - and I love it!" Denice Cook, Northlake Volunteer
Please contact us if you'd like to get involved:
Phone: (360) 431-6725
Give to School Gardens
The kids that get to cook, grow, dig, build
and learn in an amazing outdoor classroom are fortunate to live in such a giving
community — one that cares so deeply about lifelong learning, sustainability, health, and community.
There are many different ways to contribute:
Become a Perennial Donor by making a monthly contribution that will be automatically deducted from your account each month. Select ‘Make this payment recurring’ after clicking the ‘Donate’ button above.
Donate right now via PayPal—There's no sign-up required, all you need is a debit or credit card. Just click the ‘Donate’ button above
Send a check to Lower Columbia School Gardens,
PO Box 785, Longview WA 98632
Shop at a sale where students are selling their plants, produce, or garden art (see calendar).
All donations are tax deductible. Lower Columbia School Gardens is a
501(c)3 non-profit working to promote healthy lifestyles in Cowlitz County.
- Gardening tools and supplies
- Building materials
- Cooking supplies
- Science equipment, art supplies, etc