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Encouraging Connections to Nature and One Another

Gardening engages kids by supplying a dynamic environment to observe, discover, experiment, nurture and learn. We aspire to help grow healthy kids from the ground up; growing fully not quickly. Gardens are really living laboratories where learning occurs from real life experiences and is fueled by a child’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm, resulting in an environment that encourages participation and responsibility.

Our goal is to provide youth with an interactive garden space that inspires curiosity, builds knowledge, kindles passion, and strengthens respect for all living things. All youth programs are offered free of charge. Come grow with us!


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Garden Explorers - Youth Programs Feature

Garden Explorers

Targeted for youth ages 2-12 years but all kids and their families are welcome to participate! Friday mornings, 9-11am June, July, August. Free.

The Bee Happy Discovery Garden  buzzes with excitement each Friday morning! No chemicals here, just happy kids, pollinators and plants! Learn about and taste what’s growing in the garden. Kids may respectfully explore, help out and observe using all their senses! Magnifying glasses, watering cans, art materials and books help kids connect with the garden at their own pace!  Each Friday features special garden activities, community partners and a pollinator pal or beneficial insect buddy. Follow our website and Facebook page for our changing weekly schedule. 

Yoga Buds - Youth Programs Feature

Yoga Buds

June 17, July 1, August 12 (Fridays), 10:30am-11am. Free.

For ages 4 and up. Free.

Yoga is a fun and engaging activity for kids to build strength and release energy.  Kids can let their imaginations run wild as they mimic animals and shapes found in nature.  Come join the fun! 

Bugs and Blooms - Youth Programs Feature

Bugs and Blooms

July 9, 16, 23 (Saturdays), 1-2:30pm. Free.

This three-session summer program is ideal for 3rd-5th graders, but is open to everyone.  Our goal is to give kids an opportunity to learn more about how nature works and build practical skills through gardening activities.  

Kids will :

  • Discover how pollinators and insects make a difference to growing food and flowers
  • Experiment with growing food from seed to harvest
  • Build skills through a fun garden project
Grow - Youth Programs Feature


For middle school and high school youth. Free.

This summer program is designed to offer a very flexible time commitment  for this busy age group.  Youth will find a variety of areas to explore, including gardening, cooking, community service and more! Free. Join us at one of our informational sessions to learn more!

Informational Sessions:

Sunday, May 15 6:00-7:00pm

Wednesday, May 25, 6:00-7:00pm 

Thursday, May 26 10:30am-11:30am

Clear Lake Public Library

The Clear Lake Public Library is a rich resource to our community and we are pleased to have them facilitate a few of their programs in the garden! All of these activities are free. Be sure to check out what else the Clear Lake Public Library has to offer!

Strolling Stories:

Saturday, June 4: 10:30am,Monday, June 13, 5:30pm.

Saturday, July 9: 10:30am, Thursday, July 14: 5:30pm

We will stroll along the path using our senses to enjoy all that the garden has to offer, stop to read a seasonally themed story and then continue our adventure with an exploration based on the day’s book. This program is aimed at families with children ages 3 to 6 years, but all are welcome!

Story Time: 

Wednesdays, Aug 3-August 31, 10:30-11am

Clear Lake Public Library brings story time to the garden with a creative activity and fun book to share!  Story Time is designed for children aged 0-5 and their families. A responsible adult caregiver should accompany children.

Fall StoryWalk®:

Start inside the main gate and follow the signs through the gardens to read a story. The StoryWalk® is a wonderful way for readers of all ages to combine literacy skills and healthy exercise while enjoying the surroundings. New books will be posted by the library in September and October. September’s book will be bilingual to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!
The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition (VBPC) and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

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