Shelley Mitchell


  • For a list of Educators' Gardening Resources, visit our Youth Programs page.

PhD:  Health, Leisure and Human Performance, Oklahoma State University, 2013
MS:   Environmental Science, Oklahoma State University '07
BS:    Biological Science, Oklahoma State University '95

Extension Activities
100% extension appointment in 4H and Youth Programs. Shelley works with students and teachers around the state, helping to incorporate gardening into school curriculum. She develops and leads educator classes and workshops for professional development credit, is the state coordinator for the Junior Master Gardener program, and provides JMG trainings for interested educators. In charge of recruitment for the department, Shelley attends and gives presentations around the state at career days and college fairs; coordinates the Oklahoma State Regents’ Summer Academy for horticulture and landscape architecture (Camp T.U.R.F.); coordinates several majors for Grandparent University; and participates in many youth science events such as ScienceFest, EPSCOR’s Women in Science conference, the Audubon Society’s Nature Day, and 4H RoundUp.

Committee Work
  • OSU Campus Wellness Committee/Health Innovator, Spring 2014 - present
  • Oklahoma Journal of School Science, Manuscript Reviewer, Summer 2014 - present
  • Oklahoma Green Schools Board of Directors, Summer 2014 - present
  • Oklahoma Green Schools Program Development Committee, Fall 2013 - Present
  • Urban Harvest Advisory Council (Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma), Spring 2013 - present
  • Oklahoma Environmental Education Coordinating Committee, Fall 2011 - present

Conference Presentations
Ignite session "Camp TURF"; 2016 Western Nursery and Landscape Association Conference; Kansas City, MO

"Gardening for Programs with No Money, Space, or Experience"; 2015 National Conference on Summer Learning; Baltimore, MD

"Garden-Themed Day Camp Ideas"; American Horticultural Society's 2015 National Children and Youth Gardening Symposium; Austin, TX

"Gardening Day Camp Ideas"; American Horticultural Society's 2014 National Children and Youth Gardening Symposium; Columbus, OH

"One Week Gardening Camp Ideas"; American Horticultural Society's 2013 National Children and Youth Gardening Symposium; Denver, CO

"Gardening for Programs with No Money, Space or Experience"; 2012 National Recreation and Park Association National Conference; Anaheim, CA

"Happy (Gardening) Campers'; American Horticultural Society's 2012 National Children and Youth Gardening Symposium; Washington, DC

"Introducing High School Students (First-Generation College) to the University and Possible Career Paths Through a Summer Academy"; National Summer Learning Association 2010 National Convention; Indianapolis, IN

"Getting Past the Lima Bean: Integrating Plants into the Science Curriculum and Beyond"; 2010 Southwest Association of Science Teacher Educators (SW-ASTE) Conference; Stillwater, OK

"Starting a Hands-On Gardening Course for Teachers"; American Horticultural Society's 2010 National Children and Youth Gardening Symposium; Pasadena, CA

"Using Books from the Popular Press to Increase Biology Comprehension"; National Association of Biology Teachers 2005 Annual Convention; Milwaukee, WI

 Awards & Recognition

  • 2016 Jim Peckosh Greening of the Midwest Memorial recipient, Western Nursery and Landscape Association
  • 2015 President's Cup for Creative Interdisciplinarity, 2nd place
  • 2014 Jane L. Taylor Award (American Horticultural Society)
  • 2013 Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Environmental Excellence Award, Collegiate Effort category, November 2013
  • AHS Members Making a Difference, The American Gardener, September/October 2013
  • 2012 Outstanding Staff Award, OSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, August 2012
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Blue Ribbon Award, 2012 Educational Aids Competition (with Jason Vogel, Michael Holmes, Kim Toscano and Phil Kresge) Summer 2012
  • Eskimo Joe’s Teacher of the Year, May 2008
  • Who’s Who Among American Teachers, April 2005
  • Citation, Outstanding Oklahoma Educator, Oklahoma Senate, March 2005
  • Citation, Outstanding Oklahoma Educator, Oklahoma House of Representatives, March 2005
  • National Board Certified Teacher, AYA/Science, November 2003
  • Wal-mart Teacher of the Year (local), May 2002

University Courses

  • RMTR 3010: Geocaching (Spring 2013)
  • EDUC 4110: Junior Master Gardener (Spring 2013)


Mitchell, S. (updated July 2015). Raised Bed Gardening. OSU Extension Fact Sheet HLA-6033
Mitchell, S. (May 2015). Self-determination theory and Oklahoma equestrians: A motivation study. Lap Lambert Academic Publishing.
Mitchell, S. (February 2015). Calling all campers! Programming ideas for the dog days of summer. PRB: Parks and Rec Business, 13(7), 46-49.
Hillock, D. and S. Mitchell. (updated June 2014) Children's gardens in which to learn and grow: A guide to planning, designing, and building an outdoor garden classroom. OSU Extension Fact Sheet HLA-6402
Mitchell, S. (June 2009). Taming the “I’m bored’s” with gardening. Stillwater Living
Mitchell, S. (2008). Organic Agriculture in Oklahoma: Catalysts and Roadblocks for Producers. VDM Verlag: Germany.
Mitchell, S., & Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom. (2007). Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom Middle School Curriculum. Mercury Press: Oklahoma City (contributing author).

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