Illinois Extension

2024 Cook County NORTH SUBURBAN - School Garden Assistance

Supporting your school garden is important to us, and Illinois Extension’s horticulture team will do our best to serve you in 2024. We will be able to consult with you remotely and provide you with invaluable resources via our School Garden Resources website. However, staff time for on-site visits is limited.
When considering a school garden, Illinois Extension recommends educating yourself, securing/preparing your sponsors and recruiting volunteers and students to participate in nurturing the garden. Before implementing a school garden we recommend having at least five dedicated garden supporters (may include parents, teachers, school garden coordinators, administrators) that are willing to assist with the garden program.
There are many benefits to be obtained in a school garden project and University of Illinois Extension is here to help! Please complete the following form to help us understand the scope of the project and make proper recommendations for the site. We can then attempt to recruit Master Gardener volunteers to provide guidance for your specific garden project.
Registrations submitted after 3/15/2024 for on-site consultations will be scheduled for summer/fall 2024 assistance. 
NOTE: To make the most of on-site visits, we are implementing a school and community garden training. Priority will be given to those organizations that attend our virtual training workshop sessions Feb 15, 2024 -basic info, Feb 22, 2024 -Vegetables gardens basic and advanced, Feb 29, 2024 Ornamental Gardens and Curriculum.  Register for the training or contact Margaret at for further information on the School and Community Garden trainings.

Contact Information

learning, edibles, ornamental, production, conservation
weeds or plants that should be removed
Examples- within the garden or 20 feet away
Please not if pre-dates your involvement.
Select all that apply.
Select all that apply.
Example- scheduled parent or community groups; summer school
1 being new to gardening 10 being advanced
(If not, type "none")

Civil Rights Compliance - Participant Info

As part of our commitment to providing equal opportunities in our programming, University of Illinois Extension is required to collect and report overall statistics about the race, ethnicity, and gender of program participants. Your responses are voluntary and appreciated.