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Green Teacher Network
Green Teacher Network (GTN) works to advance academics, health and sustainability through school gardens and outdoor learning. Studies have shown that youth involved in gardening consume more fruits and vegetables than youth who have not experienced a garden. School gardens can also nurture young leaders by helping students to develop proficiency in critical thinking, problem solving, responsibility, and communication. They currently maintain a network of over 2,000 educators in 185 schools in the Charlotte region. GTN works with over 30 organizations that collectively support school gardening and outdoor learning. The collective effectiveness of their team has shown engagement with over 185 area schools in the past 2 years. In response to teachers surveys GTN published a Schoolyard Gardening and Tasting Guide as a step by step guide for school gardens and tastings. Also, UNC Charlotte Center for STEM Education is working on a Curriculum Connection Matrix to provide a centralized site to access school garden, tasting and outdoor learning lesson plans connected to North Carolina Essential Standards.