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Learning Garden

Garden activities and education provide a wide range of positive benefits for kids, communities and the environment. We want to take what we’ve learned here on Kansas Avenue to more local kids and schools. Our vision is a garden for every school in Central Oregon.

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 & Brew Dr. Kombucha!

Learning Garden’s Little Free Library 

Come visit our beautiful Little Free Library in our Learning Garden!

Thanks to the Bend DAR Chapter for making this happen, and local artist Monica Helms. Monica’s beautiful paintings of native plants and wildlife depict spring, summer and fall in our area. The library will be stewarded to contain books about our environment, nature, and gardening for both youth and adults. Feel free to come by and take a book or leave a book. If you would like to donate a bunch of books, we will have a box upstairs at The Environmental Center to continue collecting books.

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.

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 our next get together!


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!

Thank you to our Kansas Avenue Learning Garden Sponsors!

Interested in sponsoring? Email Tim to learn more.