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MSU online course bundle offers teachers a free gardening kit

May 19, 2011

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BOZEMAN-Elementary teachers who take a new bundle of two online courses from Montana State University will learn both plant science and nutrition, plus strategies for integrating the science related to school gardens into the classroom.

Teachers can register separately for either "Plant Science: It Grows on You" (BIOL 580) or "Food and Nutrition Across the Elementary Curriculum" (HDFN 580). However, teachers who register for the two-course bundle will receive a free gardening kit to use in their classroom.

Each course lasts seven weeks and offers 1 graduate credit. When taken together, teachers can study how plants grow and develop and then learn how the body uses the food grown. Both topics lead well into integration of a school garden or local agriculture into the curriculum.

Register online at Members of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) will receive a 10% discount on each course.

All coursework can apply towards MSU's five new graduate certificates in science teaching in chemistry, earth science, elementary school science, life science, and physics. For more information, visit

Lisa Brown, MSU Extended University, (406) 994-3062 or