The Children’s Garden is a place where children of all ages can grow and learn through up-close and personal interactions with the natural world–not as passive bystanders, but as active participants who touch, smell and taste. Children learn new vocabulary and develop observational and listening skills.
The playful, informal setting of the Children’s Garden and our hands-on, child-centered approach to teaching not only support a child’s instinctive acquisition of new knowledge, but provide an environment that builds social, emotional, physical and creative competencies as well.The following education programs are offered to Garden guests, school groups, community groups and disadvantaged children in our community.
Self-directed daily activities Young Buds Programs (structured preschool programs)Discovery Programs (structured elementary school programs)Vocational Programs for special needs studentsService Learning & Volunteer programs for teensTeacher Workshops
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Primary Population Served
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
With generous support from our donors, in 2015 we were able to provide hands-on environmental education experiences for more than 40,000 children. These programs included structured group programs, informal, drop-in opportunities for children of all ages and abilities as well as teacher training and professional development programs. We also provided no-cost classes for more than 3,000 Title I students. 2014 GOALSGoal 1: Provide opportunities for 11,240 students to participate in structured group programs. Result: Goal exceeded; 11,783 students participated in 2014. Goal 2: Provide free classes for 3,000 at-risk students from low-to-moderate-income households. Result: Goal exceeded; 4,373 Title I students benefited from free classes at the Garden in 2014 (a new record!). Goal 3: Serve 32,000 children in informal drop-in programs with their families Result: Goal exceeded; 33,142 children had an opportunity to take part in drop-in programs with their families in 2014.