Cultivating the values of lifelong learning, sustainability, health, and community.

We have new School Gardens in Kelso

The Daily News recently featured new school gardens in Kelso at Carrolls and Rose Valley elementaries and Huntington Middle School.


Volunteers make it possible for school kids in our area to reap the benefits of garden based learning. Become a volunteer and work toward a smarter, healthier, more connected community.

KATU - Everyday Heroes

The Portland TV station KATU - Channel 2 featured Lower Columbia School Gardens director Ian Thompson in their series Everyday Heroes.

Give to School Gardens

Lower Columbia School Gardens raises a large portion of its budget from private donations. You can join us and help these gardens to grow!

We've Been Taking Notes

We attended a Seattle Tilth workshop in 2011 and the Edible Schoolyard Academy in 2012 - both helped us develop a well rounded program of garden based education. For examples of how we facilitate learning in the garden, see our Volunteer Manual.

What We Do

Lower Columbia School Gardens helps schools start and sustain dynamic, thriving garden programs. After expanding and refining the garden at Northlake Elementary, our team of educators, students, parents and volunteers set out to establish gardens in other local schools. Now with a presence in several schools, our staff and volunteers garden and cook with hundreds of kids every week.

LSCG helps design and build new gardens, develop curriculum, coordinate community partners and support… [Continue to About page]

As of October 2013

Please visit our blog to learn more about what we have done with your help.

Pathways 2020

logo In 2010, the informally organized volunteer group caring for the area's school gardens became a workgroup of Pathways 2020, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Cowlitz County through collaborative partnerships, resource mobilization, strategic planning and program development.

As a workgroup of Pathways 2020, we move forward with the organization's mission of improving health, education, and overall quality of life for members of our community. This opportunity has greatly advanced our vision of starting a garden at every school in the region.

We see gardens as an integral part of a child's education, and with each passing day we meet more community members and organizations that support these efforts through donations of time, materials, and money. Pathways 2020 provides the administrative & fiscal support as well as expertise to keep LCSG on the right track during this period of rapid growth.

Please visit Pathways 2020's website to learn more about their other projects in our community.

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