Kansas Ave. Learning Garden

In 2010, we began to transform a vacant, weed-infested lot next to The Environmental Center into an outdoor classroom. Here, 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 four walls of their classroom and step into the classroom of life.

If you’d like to volunteer in our Learning Garden, for 2022 our Happy Hour in the Garden event is switching things up a bit! This year, Happy Hour in the Garden will run from March through October. Instead of weekly, this volunteer event will be on the *1st & 3rd Tuesdays*, kicking off Tuesday March 1st. Stop by anytime between 4-6 on the following dates to help out in the garden and enjoy a bubbly beverage. Dates for 2022 are as follows:

  • March 1 & 15 (March & April beer sponsored by Worthy Garden Club)
  • April 5 & 19
  • May 3 & 17 (May & June beer sponsored by Boneyard Beer)
  • June 7 & 21
  • July 5 & 19 (July & August beer sponsored by Deschutes Brewery)
  • *August 9 & 23* (Note, this is the 2nd & 4th Tuesday, rescheduled due to planned time off)
  • September 6 & 20 (September & October beer sponsored by 10 Barrel Brewing Co)
  • October 4 & 18

We hope this schedule throughout the extent of the growing season will offer meaningful volunteer experiences for all who come, and deeper care for the garden when it needs it. Please note that it is not every other week, as some months have 5 Tuesdays.

Contact Denise, Garden Program Manager, if you have any questions about getting involved.