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Book Drive for the Learning Garden’s Little Library

The Daughters of the American Revolution are 2016-07-06 22.51.22dedicated 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 1:00pm as we officially open the little library with a ribbon cutting.

Central Oregon Garden Educator Network

Thanks to funding through the Gray Family Fund, we are pleased to have offered
our first ever Central Oregon Grow Your School Garden Series 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 recently toured St. Francis’s School garden and greenhouse, where student have visited weekly through the winter. We all left inspired to start growing.

Our next meet-up will be the first week in April, date TBD, at M.A. Lynch Elementary School in Redmond.
We’ll be providing site analysis assistance to a 2nd grade teacher who is beginning the process of converting a small area into a school garden. We may also visit additional gardens in Redmond.

Contact denise via email or call 541-385-6908 x14 to get on the Local Garden Educator Network email list.

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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.

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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!