JD Rivers' Children's Garden

Program Type: 
Kitchen Classrooms, Garden Classrooms, Farm Based
Grade Level/Age Group: 
Adults/Professionals, Middle School, Upper Elementary, Lower Elementary, Kindergarten
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About the Program: 

You and your youth group are invited to come out to play, learn, and explore at the JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden! This one acre food and flower garden is nestled into Theodore Wirth Park along Glenwood Ave. It provides ample opportunity to catch frogs along Bassett’s Creek, wade in Wirth Lake, meander through the prairie to search for butterflies, and walk through Wirth woods. Youth gardeners plant, weed, water, compost, harvest, prepare, sample, and take home the garden produce like kale, basil, flowers, and tomatoes. Additionally, groups will engage in hands-on environmental education including healthy food preparation, an insect safari, and more! Programming is available from preschool to middle school grades with projects possible for older teen or adult groups. We’d love to have your group come visit the garden weekly for eight weeks of regular programming this summer. Participants can then have their very own garden plot to take care of all season and produce to take home at the end. Our summer session will begin on June 16th and end August 8th. Half-day, whole day, or several day projects are also available, and a Can’n and Jam’n day camp will be offered in mid-August—contact us for more information!

Contact: Jared Rubinstein, Education Coordinator, JD Rivers' Children's Garden through the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board
Email: jdrivers@minneapolisparks.org
Phone: (612)449-9248

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