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Book Drive for the Learning Garden’s Little Library

Through April 22nd at The Environmental Center

The Daughters of the American Revolution are dedicated to historical preservation, patriotism, and education. Locally, the Bend DAR Chapter promotes education through spreading the love of literacy by giving out books to youth in our community. They approached us with the idea to build and steward a Free Little Library in our Kansas Ave. Learning Garden, stocked with youth books geared towards nature and our environment. Help us create a collection of books ready to go for Earth Day by dropping off some books between now and April 22nd! And be sure to join us in the garden during the Earth Day Fair at 1:00 pm as we officially open the little library with a ribbon cutting.

Happy Hour in the Garden

Tuesdays 4-6 pm, May through August.

Join us in the Kansas Ave Learning Garden any Tuesday between 4-6 pm to volunteer in the garden. We’ll have growlers of beer and kombucha to quench your thirst as we work on garden maintenance and weekly projects. This event is family friendly!

Thanks to our sponsors so far, Worthy Garden Club, Boneyard Beer, Primal Cuts, Humm Kombucha & Caboost Kombucha!


Central Oregon Garden Educator Network

The Central Oregon Garden Educator Network is for anyone working or wanting incorporate garden based learning into their work with youth. This network stems from a grant through the Gray Family Fund that funded a Grow Your School Garden Training through Life Lab in October 2016. To continue that work of strengthening and growing garden-based learning programs in Central Oregon, we are facilitating a local Garden Educator Network.
 Our first meet up in February 2017 toured St. Francis’s school garden and greenhouse, where students have visited weekly through the winter. Our 2nd meet up in April was a Redmond School Garden Tour, where 14 folks got to both lend ideas and advice to new gardens, and gain insight from established gardens.

We are currently planning our final meet up for the school year. Contact denise via email or call 541-385-6908 x14 to get on the Local Garden Educator Network email list so you can be in the loop for when/where it will be!


We transformed a vacant, weed-infested lot into an outdoor classroom where children tend to the seeds they plant, make discoveries through weekly observations and experiments, apply math and science skills, and get their hands dirty.

Through partnerships with nearby Amity Elementary School during the school year and our local Boys & Girls Club during the summer, we connect children to the basis of all life—food.  Kids witness and experience cycles, growth, hard work, weather and patience. They leave the 4 walls of their classroom and step into the classroom of life.


We’re also excited about the new Monarch Waystation we planted last summer with Boys & Girls Club kids and Monarch Advocates of Central OregonMACO is a group of passionate citizens that works to help the Monarch butterfly in Central Oregon by planting local native milkweed, creating Monarch waystations, and educating the community about how they can do the same. Here is a quick handout about Monarch Waystations, including a list of native flowering plants to plant along with your Showy Milkweed!

Want to get involved? Email denise to get on our newsletter to stay in the loop about garden events and  upcoming volunteer opportunities!