School Gardens

To provide children with a healthy food and increase awareness about good nutrition, Let’s Move Boise is working with the Boise Urban Garden School, Idaho Botanical Garden and other partners to help parents and educators build gardens at local schools.



The first-ever Kids Day of Service was held on September 2013. Let’s Move Boise partnered with Whole Foods Markets, the Idaho Botanical Garden, Junior League of Boise, and several other local organizations to build a school garden at Garfield Elementary School in Boise. Over 75 volunteers came together to build 16 raised garden beds, 8 of which were placed at Garfield Elementary School, and the remaining 8 were donated to Hawthorn Elementary School.

In addition to creating garden beds, the event offered healthy snacks and free activities, including nutrition education about the basics of healthy eating from Whole Foods Market and the Junior League of Boise, gardening programs with the Idaho Botanical Garden and Boise Urban Garden School, dodgeball and games with the Boise Parks & Recreation Mobile Recreation Van, and much more.

To further efforts to build school gardens throughout the Treasure Valley, Let’s Move Boise offered a Just Add Water workshop on Jan. 25, 2014. A partnership with the Boise Urban Garden School (BUGS), the Idaho Botanical Garden and the University of Idaho Canyon County Extension office, the workshop was attended by more than 60 teachers, parents, and principals from throughout southern Idaho who came together to learn more about building and sustaining a school garden and program.

Workshop participants learned how to create a school garden management committee, garden planning strategies, and how to effectively manage an outdoor classroom. Participants also received the Just Add Water program guide, which includes information including student lesson plans, garden and fundraising plans, and local contacts to help each school establish and maintain their garden.

Overall, 30 schools and child care facilities were represented at the workshop. Let’s Move Boise hopes to continue supporting these schools, and more schools in their desire to further garden based math, science and health education.



Let’s Move Boise is partnering with the Central District Health Department and Boise State University health promotions students on implementation of a Community Health Assessment and Group Evaluation (CHANGE). The CHANGE tool is a process developed by the Centers for Disease Control to assess community health needs and create an action plan to address gaps in access to healthy food and physical activity. In 2013-14, our focus is on the Central Bench. CHANGE Tool Overview


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