by Jenny Thacker, director of education programs
Want to blow your kids’ minds and give them an experience they will remember forever? Send them to Seattle Tilth’s summer camps to explore food and fun in the garden! Tots to teens spend days in our beautiful gardens learning about ecology and environmental stewardship, tending the garden, harvesting and eating delicious fresh food. All the while they make art, sing songs and run through the sprinklers, of course!
Campers will come home and regale you with stories about the magical bean teepee, the bugs, worms and plants that they have come to know, and the wonders of sun tea. We have fun, but watch out – some campers have been known to come home and ask for more vegetables on their dinner plate! Seattle Tilth offers camps for children ages 2-14 at four fantastic locations.
The Rainier Beach Learning Garden, a wonderful place to learn and explore, features beautiful raised beds from salvaged lumber, gabion benches, an herb garden, a rain garden and a native plant swale. Here 3-5 year olds and their families explore the garden together. Parents discover how to engage their young children in the excitement of growing things.
Live on the Eastside? You’re in luck! This year we’re excited to partner with 21 Acres offering Youth Summer Farm Camps in Woodinville for kids ages 3-14. If you’re closer to Issaquah, come out to the community learning garden at the Pickering Barn. It offers a delightful mix of forest, food and flowers. Kids might be next to the dahlias, picking sorrel for a salad and come upon bunnies or be surprised by deer.
For the second year, Seattle Tilth’s Issaquah summer camps have been generously subsidized by the City of Issaquah for students who live within the Issaquah School District, through a grant from the King Conservation District. We look forward to seeing some of you this summer in Issaquah – or during school tours during summer and fall.
The Children’s Garden at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford has been unlocking the imagination of kids and exposing them to the wonders of the natural world for over three decades.
There are loads of options for children ages 2-14. Children learn to care for themselves and the environment — and have a blast.