growplanthere is dedicated to all gardeners (urban and suburban, novice and expert, edible or ornamental) who are committed to reducing their impact on the earth, eating fresh foods, and making the world a more beautiful place.

what is growplanthere?

A plan for a gardening class that incorporates an online learning environment, an issue, a place, an authentic narrative, an adventure, and a whole lot of interaction.



growplanthere is a hybrid learning project designed in the Adventure Learning model.  Our three garden adventurers planted their own gardens and shared their experiences in order to provide the framework for a lesson plan that teaches the fundamentals of urban gardening . Curriculum was devised for a classroom of adults participating in a 4-week informal classes.  The nature of the curriculum is focused squarely on Austin, and field trips have been included to local gardening sites. However, the issues of sustainability, self-reliance, and health are universal and often discussed to bring prospective to the project.

This learning environment serves not only to serve up the curriculum and date we created for growplanthere, but also provide a place for students, experts, instructors, the garden adventurers, and lurkers to connect. Students are encouraged to share pictures, ask questions of experts on our resources page, and post about their home gardens in the forum. As they progress, they can read about the garden adventurers as they take on the same tasks and experience the same frustrations and victories.



Anita Harvin, Erin Maradiegue, and Kasey Ford are students in the Instructional Technology program at the University of Texas. This project was designed for Dr. Veletsianos’ adventure learning course in the Spring of 2011.

adventures in urban gardening