Hey Gardeners, tomatoes and most warm season crops are ready to be transplanted outside.  Keep an eye on night time lows as Colorado springs can be unpredictable.  Cover warm season crops with a tarp or blanket to protect them if temperatures go below 40.  

Plant your cool season crops in cycles every two weeks to ensure consistent production.  Stop planting mid- June as they will begin to go to seed and taste bitter during the summer.

If you are interested in gardening summer of 2020 at a DPS school that is not affiliated with Denver Urban Gardens please contact Chris Woodburn  (720)456-9083

Early morning in the garden at Kennedy HS.

The garden at John F. Kennedy High School in the morning sun

Gardens provide students with experiences unlike any in a classroom.  They are living labs, sources of food and nutrition, islands of nature.

Garden Calendar for Denver Public Schools

September 2020
Chris Woodburn, Garden of Youth Director

Chris Woodburn
Program Specialist – Garden of Youth


Map of School Gardens in Denver Public Schools

DPS Garden Manual

George Washington Garden

George Washington Community Garden in partnership with Denver Urban Gardens

Teachers, students and families and gardening champions, thanks for bringing gardening, greater food security, engagement with nature and endless learning opportunities to our students and community.  See the attached Denver Public Schools Garden Coalition Manual for the steps to connecting with the Sustainability department and our community partners to design, build, and maintain your school garden.  While we do not have funding for school gardens, we will support our passionate garden champions!  Please read this guide with your garden team and contact Chris Woodburn to begin the garden planning process or for any questions regarding an existing garden.


Denver Public Schools Garden Coalition Manual

Honey Bees at School

Honey bees are crucial for many important agriculture crops but are threatened by a variety of environmental threats, including climate change and pesticides. Are you interested in having bee hives at your school? Raising bees helps create important connections between students, the environment and the foods we love. If you would like to learn more about having bee hives at your school, please refer to the current DPS Honey Bee Protocol.

DPS Honey Bee Protocol

Chickens at School

Are you interested in having chickens at your school? Chickens provide a great learning opportunity for students to connect to nature and where their food comes from. If you would like to learn more about bringing chickens to your school, please refer to the current DPS Chicken Protocol below.

DPS Chicken Protocol