Spring Break Garden Work Party
March 28th, 2017 at Kansas Ave Learning Garden
Join us anytime between 9:00 – 3:00 pm on Tuesday March 28th to help get our garden in gear for spring! We’ll have coffee, juice and snacks on hand to fuel us as we clean up the garden and get it ready for a spring planting. This is a family friendly event!
Central Oregon Garden Educator Network
April 6th, 2017 at M.A. Lynch Elementary School
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. We all left inspired to start growing.
Our next meet-up will be April 6 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’ll then visit and tour the garden at Edwin Brown Education Center and possibly John Tuck Elementary School. This is a great opportunity to both give and glean new ideas for your own garden!
Contact denise via email or call 541-385-6908 x14 to get on the Local Garden Educator Network email list.
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 1:00pm as we officially open the little library with a ribbon cutting.
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 Oregon. MACO 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!