If your kids planted a pumpkin seed at the Spring Fair, you probably met a master gardener. The master gardeners are highly skilled volunteers who can help you with a whole variety of gardening questions. They also run a truly amazing, Free program for children! Programs are on Saturdays at 1PM, and this year’s schedule runs May 5th-September 22nd. I’ll also remind you about these in my weekend lists, but I knew you’d want to put a few on your calendars now.
The first class is Weather Wise, where kids will learn about weather, rainfall, and make their very own weather stations. Seriously, how cool is that?? Other programs on the schedule will have kids planting veggies, making stepping stones, learning about bats, and so much more.
You can see a pdf of the whole schedule here Click on, “Children’s Garden Programs.”
All sessions are held at the Jack and the Beanstalk garden at the Master Gardener Demonstration garden which is in Puyallup where Pioneer meets Fruitland (for my Tacoma readers, it’s just a bit further down the road that goes by the Puyallup cemetery). You can just show up at these events.
Not close enough for you? There is a monthly kids’ garden club at the Summit Library, also led by Master Gardener volunteers. Windmill Gardens in Sumner holds periodic kids’ gardening events (the next one I see is a mini rose garden for Mother’s Day in May). Rodgers’ Country Nursery in Bremerton has a weekly Felix and Fritz Kids’ Club. These last two do require registration and have supply fees. If you know of other places offering gardening fun for little sprouts, please let me know!
For more advice on how to make gardening kid friendly (as if it isn’t enough to give them some dirt and seeds), I found a great article from the garden gurus at The News Tribune and The Olympian. If you’re in charge of planning field trips for your school or home school group, check out the new educational garden tours in Puyallup from none other than, Ed Hume!
If you’re one of my Lacey, Olympia area readers, I haven’t found similar programs near you, but let me know if you know of any. I do have a special post just for my readers in this area later today, so be sure to check back!